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December 18, 2017

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.

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February 17, 2017

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Superseded by Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Revised Third Edition (2017).

November 11, 2015

The handbook, published in 2007, provides an overview of chambers operations and the work of the federal courts. This Korean translation was undertaken in 2015 by the Seoul High Court. The Federal Judicial Center cannot vouch for the accuracy of the translation.

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January 1, 2013
Federal Judicial Center, Judicial Conference of the United States, Committee on Codes of Conduct
This pamphlet provides an overview of law clerks’ ethical obligations as well as resources they can consult for further information. It covers topics such as confidentiality, conflicts of interest, political activities, online activities, and gifts, and includes examples that illustrate challenges law clerks may face. It also has an Ethics Checklist for Federal Judicial Law Clerks, which helps law clerks identify ethics problems that may arise. This edition includes the new provisions in the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees effective August 1, 2013.
 
January 1, 2012
Federal Judicial Center, Judicial Conference of the United States, Committee on Codes of Conduct

This pamphlet provides an overview of law clerks' ethical obligations as well as resources they can consult for further information. It covers topics such as confidentiality, conflicts of interest, political activities, online activities, and gifts, and includes examples that illustrate challenges law clerks may face. It also has an Ethics Checklist for Federal Judicial Law Clerks, which helps law clerks identify ethics problems that may arise.

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March 17, 2011
Molly T. Johnson, Elizabeth C. Wiggins

The reports below detail the results of two surveys, conducted in 2010–2011, of bankruptcy attorneys and bankruptcy clerks of court about court practices regarding applications for payment of administrative expenses. Appendix A provides examples of existing court procedures for requests of such payments.

January 1, 2011
Judicial Conference of the United States, Committee on Codes of Conduct

This pamphlet provides an overview of law clerks' ethical obligations as well as resources they can consult for further information. It covers topics such as confidentiality, conflicts of interest, political activities, online activities, and gifts, and includes examples that illustrate challenges law clerks may face. It also has an Ethics Checklist for Federal Judicial Law Clerks, which helps law clerks identify ethics problems that may arise.

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January 1, 2008
David Brock Hornby

Judge D. Brock Hornby (D. Me.) prepared this as an outline of introductory remarks he gives to new law clerks when they start work in his chambers. He based this outline on one prepared by Justice Eileen E. Gillese of the Ontario Court of Appeals. He offered the outline to the Federal Judicial Center for its use in education programs for federal judges and law clerks.

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January 1, 2007

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).

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