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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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Mindfulness and Judging

This is a primer on mindfulness and its uses in judging. Mindfulness involves slowing down one’s mental processes enough to allow one to notice as much as possible about a given moment or situation, and then to act thoughtfully based on what one has noticed. Much of the discussion of mindfulness in relation to judges so far has focused on health and wellness, but mindfulness also has obvious implications for the actual work that judges do.

January 26, 2016
Motor Voter: The National Voter Registration Act

The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) was enacted in 1993 to promote voter registration and registration accuracy. The statute requires states to establish procedures for voter registration (1) upon obtaining a driver’s license; (2) by mail; (3) at government offices, including those providing public assistance or disability services; and (4) at military recruitment offices. This monograph surveys federal court interpretations of the statute.

August 20, 2014
Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties and Letters Rogatory: A Guide for Judges

The investigation of transnational conduct often involves gathering evidence located in foreign countries. There are two primary means of obtaining evidence for use in a transnational proceeding: a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and a letter rogatory.

May 1, 2014
Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties and Letters Rogatory: A Guide for Judges

The investigation of transnational conduct often involves gathering evidence located in foreign countries. There are two primary means of obtaining evidence for use in a transnational proceeding: a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and a letter rogatory.

May 1, 2014
National Security Case Studies: Special Case-Management Challenges [Superseded]

Cases related to terrorism often pose unusual and challenging case-management issues for the courts. Evidence or arguments may be classified; witnesses or the jury may require special security measures; attorneys' contacts with their clients may be diminished; other challenges may present themselves.

January 1, 2010
National Security Case Studies: Special Case-Management Challenges [Superseded]

Cases involving national security often pose unusual and challenging case-management issues for the courts. Evidence or arguments may be classified; witnesses or the jury may require special security measures; attorneys’ contacts with their clients may be diminished; other challenges may present themselves.

June 25, 2013
National Security Case Studies: Special Case-Management Challenges, Sixth Edition

Cases involving national security often pose unusual and challenging case-management issues for the courts. Evidence or arguments may be classified; witnesses or the jury may require special security measures; attorneys’ contacts with their clients may be diminished; other challenges may present themselves.

September 25, 2015
Navigating Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code

Municipalities facing fiscal crisis often must make difficult choices, attempting to balance their financial obligations with obligations to deliver critical services, such as the provision of public safety, education, and health, as well as water, sewer, and transportation services. The primary objectives of Chapter 9—to provide a breathing spell to, and adjust the debts of, a distressed municipality—are familiar to bankruptcy professionals.

November 15, 2017
Orientation Manual for Secretaries to Federal Trial Court Judges

The purpose of this manual is to assist secretaries to United States Judges in the performance of their duties by suggesting methods by which the duties generally assigned to them can most efficiently be performed. Although the manual is intended primarily to assist the newly appointed secretary, it is hoped that it will also be an aid to the more experienced secretary.

January 1, 1974
Overseas Voting: The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act

March 24, 2016

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