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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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Admiralty and Maritime Law, Second Edition
This monograph introduces federal judges to admiralty and maritime law, including the rules relating to jurisdiction and procedure that are peculiar to this field. The author covers areas relating to commercial law, such as charter parties, carriage of goods, and marine insurance. The second edition provides the most recent case citations, expanded coverage of maritime personal injury, updated material on jurisdiction, and new references to classification society liability.
January 1, 2013
The Help America Vote Act

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) was Congress's reaction to issues that arose during the 2000 presidential election. It includes standards for provisional ballots and sets minimum standards for voting equipment used in federal elections. This guide summarizes how HAVA has been applied in federal and state courts and includes the act's text as an appendix.

December 4, 2012
Confidential Discovery: A Pocket Guide on Protective Orders

Among the reasons that courts issue protective orders in both civil and criminal cases is to keep discovery confidential on a showing of good cause. Experience has proved confidentiality protective orders to grease the wheels of discovery in many cases. The protective orders discussed in this pocket guide are different from sealing orders that protect the courts' own records and protective orders that protect information from discovery.

July 8, 2012
Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Second Edition [Superseded]

This second-edition pocket guide helps federal judges manage the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI).

May 21, 2012
Capital § 2254 Habeas Cases: A Pocket Guide for Judges

This pocket guide provides a basic overview of the issues judges can expect to face when assigned a capital habeas case. It begins with appointment of counsel, budgeting concerns, and stays of execution. It then summarizes the primary procedural considerations that affect habeas cases - successive petitions, petition timeliness, state remedies exhaustion, procedural default, and amending a petition.

January 1, 2012
Patent Case Management Judicial Guide, Second Edition [Superseded]

This is a comprehensive, user-friendly, and practical judicial guide for managing patent cases.

January 1, 2012
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
Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

This guide addresses the questions that may arise when a party to litigation in a U.S. court seeks to enforce a foreign judgment or to use a foreign judgment for preclusive effect in local litigation. Part II details the historical background of the applicable state law in recognition cases, and discusses the relationship between recognition and enforcement.

January 1, 2012
International Commercial Arbitration: A Guide for U.S. Judges

Although U.S. federal courts across the country are seeing an ever-increasing number of cases associated with international commercial arbitration, few judges are familiar with this unique and complicated area of law. This guide offers judges a useful framework for analysis of matters relating to international commercial arbitration by providing a succinct and practical overview of the field as well as a specific, motion-by-motion discussion of the kinds of issues that commonly arise in U.S.

January 1, 2012
Major Issues in the Federal Law of Employment Discrimination, Fifth Edition

An examination of the substantive and procedural provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This fifth edition discusses the many and varied developments in the law through June 2011. The field of employment discrimination law continues to expand to cover new forms of discrimination and additional employment practices. Both new judicial decisions and new legislation have addressed the issues in this field in increasing detail.

January 1, 2012

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