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Manuals, Monographs, & Guides

As part of its educational mission, the Center produces monographs on substantive legal subjects and a variety of manuals and guides for judges and court staff. Topics covered include discrete areas of law, courtroom and case-management procedures, the Federal Rules, and different types of litigation. These publications are authored by Center staff and outside subject-matter experts. See also Reports & Studies.

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The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: A Guide for Judges [Superseded]

This guide provides an overview of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 (FSIA). It discusses the FSIA’s purpose and scope of application, and it reviews the jurisdictional, procedural, and evidentiary questions most likely to arise at the outset of litigation.

January 1, 2013
The Elements of Case Management: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Second Edition [Superseded]

A primer for judges on techniques and methods of case management.

Superseded by The Elements of Case Management, Third Edition (2017).

January 1, 2006
The Elements of Case Management, Third Edition

This manual describes techniques that judges have found effective in managing their cases at various stages of the litigation process.

June 19, 2017
The Bail Reform Act of 1984, Third Edition

The Bail Reform Act of 1984, Third Edition provides a summary of appellate court decisions interpreting provisions of The Bail Reform Act of 1984 on issues of release and detention. The Third Edition primarily addresses areas that have been changed by statute or case law since the second edition, and cites more recent cases that discuss the substantive issues through June 1, 2006.

January 1, 2006
The Bail Reform Act of 1984, Second Edition [Superseded]

A summary of appellate court decisions (with the exception of standards of review) interpreting provisions of the Bail Reform Act from October 12, 1984, the act's effective date, to April 15, 1993.

Superseded by The Bail Reform Act of 1984, Third Edition (2006).

January 1, 1993
The Analysis and Decision of Summary Judgment Motions: A Monograph on Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

The authors suggest ways of thinking about summary judgment that can help judges and lawyers make more effective use of the rule as a vehicle to reach the objectives of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 1: the just, speedy, and inexpensive resolution of litigation. (Also see the authors' Summary Judgment After Eastman Kodak, 45 Hastings Law Journal 1 (1993), which is reprinted at 154 F.R.D. 311 (1994)).

January 1, 1991
The 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: A Guide for Judges, Second Edition

The 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a treaty that governs judicial proceedings that are brought seeking orders for the prompt physical return of children who have been wrongfully taken or kept away from their "habitual residence." The treaty is in force between the United States and seventy-three other countries. State and federal courts have original concurrent jurisdiction to hear cases under the 1980 Convention.

December 15, 2015
The 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: A Guide for Judges [Superseded]

The 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a treaty that governs proceedings for the prompt return of children who have been wrongfully taken or kept away from their "habitual residence." This guide provides an overview of the Hague Convention, focusing on the legal and procedural issues judges are likely to encounter during litigation under this treaty.

January 1, 2012
Ten Steps to Better Case Management: A Guide for Multidistrict Litigation Transferee Judges, Second Edition
This guide is intended to help transferee judges with their MDL cases. Section 1407 empowers a transferee judge to exercise all the powers of the transferor court, with the exception of actually conducting the trial of the case (except in special circumstances). The purpose of this guide is to introduce briefly some of the “best practices” that transferee judges have developed over the years, focusing on core responsibilities.
 
January 1, 2014
Ten Steps to Better Case Management: A Guide for Multidistrict Litigation Transferee Judges [Superseded]

This guide is intended to help judges to whom an MDL case has been transferred. Congress created the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation under 28 U.S.C. § 1407 and gave it the responsibility to transfer "civil actions involving one or more common questions of fact" from multiple districts to any single district for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings.

January 1, 2009

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