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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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The Elements of Case Management: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Second Edition [Superseded]

A primer for judges on techniques and methods of case management.

Superseded by The Elements of Case Management, Third Edition (2017).

January 1, 2006
The Bail Reform Act of 1984, Third Edition

The Bail Reform Act of 1984, Third Edition provides a summary of appellate court decisions interpreting provisions of The Bail Reform Act of 1984 on issues of release and detention. The Third Edition primarily addresses areas that have been changed by statute or case law since the second edition, and cites more recent cases that discuss the substantive issues through June 1, 2006.

January 1, 2006
Copyright Law, Second Edition [Superseded]

This monograph provides a concise overview of the law of copyright from its origins in the English common law through recent Supreme Court cases, designed to provide judges with a grounding in the essential concepts and statutory and case law in this specialized area. The monograph covers the duration and renewal of copyright, ownership of copyright, copyright formalities, as well as jurisdictional and procedural issues and the preemption of state law by federal copyright statutes.

January 1, 2006
Mediation & Conference Programs in the Federal Courts of Appeals: A Sourcebook for Judges and Lawyers, Second Edition

This sourcebook is a reference guide on mediation and settlement conference programs in the thirteen federal courts of appeals. The Federal Judicial Center published the first edition of this sourcebook in 1997. The changing structure of these programs, and expressed interest from the courts of appeals, made this update necessary.

January 1, 2006
Awarding Attorneys' Fees and Managing Fee Litigation, Second Edition [Superseded]

This monograph explains the doctrinal and case-management aspects of fee awards. It analyzes the law of attorneys' fee awards under fee-shifting statutes, the common fund doctrine and its offspring, and the substantial benefit doctrine, and addresses an issue of special significance to bankruptcy courts―the propriety of sua sponte review of fee petitions. It also presents a selection of case-management strategies, based on interviews with judges, attorneys, U.S. trustees, and others.

April 25, 2005
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
Managing Class Action Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges [superseded]

This guide is designed to help federal judges manage the increased number of class actions expected as a result of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. As called for in that legislation, the guide is part of a continuing effort of the federal judiciary to identify "best practices" for managing class actions and ensuring that class action settlements primarily benefit class members.

January 1, 2005
Resource Guide for Managing Capital Cases, Volume I: Federal Death Penalty Trials

This guide describes the statutes, case law, and policies applicable to federal death penalty case-management issues such as appointment of counsel, case budgeting, and jury selection, and summarizes procedures judges have used in capital cases at each stage of the proceedings.

April 1, 2004
Manual for Complex Litigation, Fourth Edition

This work describes approaches that trial judges have found to be useful in managing complex cases. This edition updates the treatment of electronic discovery and other aspects of pretrial management and describes major changes affecting case management in the substantive and procedural law in mass torts, class actions, intellectual property, employment discrimination, and other types of litigation. A new chapter deals with managing scientific evidence.

March 23, 2004
Major Issues in the Federal Law of Employment Discrimination, Fourth Edition [Superseded]

An examination of the substantive and procedural provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This fourth edition discusses developments in the law through June 2004, including changes resulting from the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It covers such issues as claims of disparate treatment and disparate impact, affirmative action, and discrimination on the basis of sex, national origin, and religion.

January 1, 2004