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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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Federal Securities Law, Third Edition

The author examines the statutory framework for the issues that federal judges are most likely to encounter in federal securities litigation. The third edition updates case law, including recent Supreme Court cases as well as circuit splits. The monograph includes new material on materiality, pleading standards, loss causation in class actions, and secondary liability.

January 1, 2011
Managing Multidistrict Litigation in Products Liability Cases: A Pocket Guide for Transferee Judges

This guide is intended to help judges who receive multidistrict litigation (MDL) products liability assignments to manage MDL cases and to introduce some of the procedures that transferee judges have developed over the years.

January 1, 2011
Compensatory Damages Issues in Patent Infringement Cases: A Pocket Guide for Federal District Court Judges [Superseded]

A guide for trial judges to consult when deciding issues of compensatory damages in patent infringement cases, prepared by a national committee of experts from the bench, bar, in-house counsel, and academia formed at the request of the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Superseded by Compensatory Damages Issues in Patent Infringement Cases, Second Edition (2017).

January 1, 2011
Case Management Procedures in the Federal Courts of Appeals, Second Edition

This report details the varying appellate practices and procedures of the U.S. courts of appeals within the generally uniform appellate scheme imposed by the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. Part I of the report highlights key variations from court to court; Part II describes in detail the case management procedures of each court.

January 1, 2011
Managing the Chapter 15 Cross-Border Insolvency Case: A Pocket Guide for Judges [Superseded]

Increasing globalization and cross-border interdependence of business enterprises increase the likelihood that bankruptcy judges will see the occasional chapter 15 case filed in their jurisdiction. In this concise guide, Judge Louise DeCarl Adler (Bankr. S.D. Cal.) gives judges who may be unfamiliar with chapter 15 cases a quick understanding of the case-management issues that may arise and offers possible solutions.

January 1, 2011
U.S. Rule of Law Assistance: A Guide for Judges

Federal judges play an important role in many international rule of law projects carried out by the United States government. They provide commentary on constitutional law issues, assist with the drafting of judicial ethics codes, advise foreign judges on court management, and assist judicial councils with strategic planning. This guide, prepared by Shawna Wilson, Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center 2008-2009, provides an overview of how the U.S.

January 1, 2011
Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition

The Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition assists judges in managing cases involving complex scientific and technical evidence by describing the basic tenets of key scientific fields from which legal evidence is typically derived and by providing examples of cases in which that evidence has been used.

January 1, 2011
Sealing Court Records and Proceedings: A Pocket Guide

Court case records and proceedings are presumptively public, but occasionally there are compelling reasons for keeping all or parts of them confidential, sometimes permanently but often only temporarily. This pocket guide summarizes the case law on sealing records and proceedings and presents a useful procedural checklist of seven principles to follow when denying public access.

December 15, 2010
Manual on Recurring Problems in Criminal Trials, Sixth Edition

The Manual on Recurring Problems in Criminal Trials (6th ed.) outlines the law governing many of the specific issues and procedural matters that arise frequently in criminal trials. The Sixth Edition added new material and revised the organization and format to enhance usability. Among the topics covered are pro se representation, jury-related matters, disclosure, evidentiary issues, contempt, confessions, and multiple defendants. Circuit splits are also noted.

January 1, 2010
Resource Guide for Managing Capital Cases, Volume II: Habeas Corpus Review of Capital Convictions

This guide covers management of cases involving federal habeas corpus review of state and federal capital convictions.

January 1, 2010

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