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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.

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Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Revised Third Edition

This handbook provides an overview of chambers operations and the work of the federal courts.

The revised third edition contains updates to § 2.2 of the handbook, which include clarifying language regarding workplace harassment.

December 18, 2017
Third-Party Litigation Finance

This guide summarizes issues related to third-party financing of civil litigation. It discusses how judges might manage cases involving litigation financing, including ethical issues, legal issues raised by financing agreements, and discovery issues related to such agreements. 

For more information on third-party litigation financing, visit the Third Party Litigation Financing Special Topics Page.

December 29, 2017
Debates on the Federal Judiciary: A Documentary History, Volume III: 1939–2005

The concluding volume of the series covers debates concerning structural changes to the federal courts, including the creation of the U.S. magistrate and U.S. bankruptcy judge positions, and alterations to the federal appellate system, including the division of the Fifth Circuit, the creation of the Federal Circuit, and proposals for a national court of appeals.

January 5, 2018
Managing Related Proposed Class Actions in Multidistrict Litigation

This pocket guide is designed for transferee judges managing MDL proceedings that involve multiple, related class actions.

May 31, 2018
Tutorials on Science and Technology

Science tutorials have developed as a tool to assist judges in managing cases that involve complex science and technology. Such tutorials provide an early opportunity for the court to learn and ask questions about relevant science and technology outside the context of motion practice.

June 1, 2018
The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: A Guide for Judges, Second Edition

This guide provides an overview of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976. It is intended as a practical introduction for those who have little knowledge of or experience with the statute. The guide focuses on the basic legal issues U.S. courts face when handling cases that arise under the statute.

December 31, 2018

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