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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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International Extradition: A Guide for Judges

This guide provides a brief overview of extradition law, focusing primarily on the extradition of fugitives from the United States. It describes the grounds for extradition, extradition proceedings, legal issues that may emerge, and related case management considerations.

March 31, 2014
International Human Rights Litigation: A Guide for Judges

The purpose of this guide is to help federal judges adjudicate civil cases alleging human rights violations under domestic and international law. This guide addresses cases with an international dimension brought in federal court pursuant to specific U.S. statutes that provide jurisdiction over such claims.

December 30, 2016
International Insolvency [Superseded]

This monograph describes the law governing insolvency cases with transnational dimensions. It was written by four bankruptcy judges: Samuel Bufford, Louise DeCarl Adler, Sidney Brooks, and Marcia Krieger, who are all members of the International Law Relations Committee of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

January 1, 2001
Judicial Disqualification: An Analysis of Federal Law, Second Edition

Judicial Disqualification: An Analysis of Federal Law (second edition) outlines the statutory framework of federal judicial disqualification law under the statutes, 28 U.S.C. §§ 455, 144, 47, and 2106. The monograph substantially revises and expands on the first edition, and analyzes the case law, with a focus both on substantive disqualification standards and procedural requirements.

January 1, 2010
Judicial Management of Mass Tort Bankruptcy Cases

Designed as resource for judges to guide them through the complexities of managing mass tort bankruptcy reorganizations, this publication draws lessons from difficult-to-find sources and presents them in a form that is part judicial manual, part treatise, and part case study. Knowledgeable judges and practitioners contributed experiences and ideas.

January 1, 2005
Judicial Writing Manual: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Second Edition
The Center has prepared this manual to help judges organize opinions and improve their opinion writing. Prepared with the assistance of judges, law professors, and writers, the manual offers advice on writing tailored to the needs of the federal judiciary.
January 1, 2013
Keeping Government Secrets: A Pocket Guide on the State-Secrets Privilege, the Classified Information Procedures Act, and Classified Information Security Officers, Second Edition

Most courts come into contact with classified information infrequently, if at all, but when they do, they are faced with the dilemma of how to protect government secrets in the context of an otherwise public proceeding. This pocket guide is designed to familiarize judges and court staff with statutes and procedures established to help public courts protect government secrets when courts are called upon to do so.

January 1, 2013
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.

The Law Clerk Handbook is temporarily out-of-stock. Requests are being held and will be filled when reprints are available. (September 4, 2019)

December 18, 2017
Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Second Edition [Superseded]

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

Superseded by Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Third Edition (2017).

January 1, 2007
Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Third Edition [Superseded]

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

§ 2.2 of the handbook was revised in December 2017 to include clarifying language regarding workplace harassment (see printable insert pages below).

Superseded by Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Revised Third Edition (2017).

February 17, 2017

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