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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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Managing Class Action Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges [superseded]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

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
Admiralty and Maritime Law [Superseded]

This monograph introduces federal judges to admiralty and maritime law, including both general maritime and statutory law. The author examines the rules relating to jurisdiction and procedure that are peculiar to this field. Topics include areas relating to commercial law, such as charter parties, carriage of goods, and marine insurance.

January 1, 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Major Issues in the Federal Law of Employment Discrimination, Fourth Edition [Superseded]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
Resource Guide for Managing Capital Cases, Volume I: Federal Death Penalty Trials (updated December 2003) [Superseded]

This monograph, revised as of December 2003, describes the statutes, case law, and policies applicable to federal capital 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.

December 1, 2003
Federal Securities Law, Second Edition [Superseded]

An introduction to the intricacies of federal securities law. The author examines the statutory framework for the issues that federal judges are most likely to encounter in securities litigation: basic registration, disclosure, and antifraud. The monograph also covers class actions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998.

January 1, 2003
Deskbook for Chief Judges of U.S. District Courts, Third Edition [Superseded]

A detailed reference for chief judges of federal district courts. The Deskbook describes the position of chief judges within the system of federal judicial administration as well as their specific roles and responsibilities with respect to national and regional bodies of judicial administration; other judges, officers, and employees of the district court; various functions of the court; and external groups such as the bar, media, and public.

January 1, 2003
Redistricting Litigation: An Overview of Legal, Statistical, and Case-Management Issues

This monograph consists of an overview of the law of redistricting, a summary of statistical techniques frequently used in redistricting litigation, and a discussion of some of the major case management challenges presented by such cases. The legal overview focuses on Voting Rights Act, Equal Protection Clause, and one person-one vote cases.

March 14, 2002
Recusal: Analysis of Case Law Under 28 U.S.C. 455 & 144 [Superseded]

This monograph offers a synthesis and analysis of the case law under 28 U.S.C. 455 and 144 to assist judges in ruling on recusal. After providing a history of Section 455, the monograph identifies the core principles and recurring issues in the voluminous case law and examines, in representative cases, how the courts of appeals have applied these principles.

January 1, 2002

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