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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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Civil Litigation Management Manual, Second Edition

This manual provides trial judges a handbook on managing civil cases. It sets out a wide array of case-management techniques, beginning with early case screening and concluding with steps for streamlining trials and final disposition. It also discusses a number of special topics, including pro se and high visibility cases, the role of staff, and automated programs that supports case management.

January 1, 2010
Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History

This guide describes the records of the federal courts, as well as records of Congress and the executive branch, that are relevant to researching federal judicial history. Note: Minor updates may occasionally be made to this document. Please consult the electronic version for the most current information.

 

January 1, 2010
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
Managing Class Action Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Second Edition [Superseded]

This pocket guide is designed to help federal judges manage the increased number of class action cases filed in or removed to federal courts as a result of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA). This second edition includes a new section on determining federal jurisdiction that incorporates case-management practices and judicial interpretations of CAFA.

January 1, 2009
A Guide to the Judicial Management of Bankruptcy Mega-Cases, Second Edition—Report and Exhibits

(update of the 2007 version to incorporate the December 2007 bankruptcy rules amendments)

January 1, 2009
Immigration Law: A Primer

This monograph provides an introduction to and overview of immigration law, with a focus on analyzing issues that arise in litigation. It sets out the legislative history, explains the statutory and administrative regime, and describes the substantive and procedural law relevant to federal judges, including circuit splits. Topics covered include the Real ID Act and its effect on judicial review, categories of admissibility, asylum, deportation, removal, relief, waiver, and remedies.

January 1, 2009
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
A Primer on the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, Second Edition

A Primer on the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Courts of Appeals provides an introduction to the complexity and nuance in the subject-matter jurisdiction of the U.S. Courts of Appeals. The monograph examines procedural issues related to the exercise of appellate jurisdiction in appeals from final judgments and interlocutory appeals. Coverage includes civil and criminal appeals, extraordinary writs, and federal administrative agency reviews.

January 1, 2009
Patent Case Management Judicial Guide [Superseded]

A comprehensive, user-friendly, and practical judicial guide for managing patent cases.

January 1, 2009
A Guide to the Judicial Management of Bankruptcy Mega-Cases, Second Edition

(update of the 2007 version to incorporate the December 2007 bankruptcy rules amendments)

January 1, 2009

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