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Superseded by Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Revised Third Edition (2017).

January 1, 2009
Barbara J. Rothstein, Federal Judicial Center

This paper provides law clerks with a broad overview of some of their responsibilities related to maintaining a well-run chambers. Such responsibilities include helping to ensure chambers security; answering telephones and mail; maintaining the judge's motion, hearing, and trial calendars; and other miscellaneous matters. It was updated in January 2009.

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Superseded by Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Third Edition (2017).

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January 1, 2005
Barbara J. Rothstein

This paper has since been updated and incorporated as Chapter 4 of the Law Clerk Handbook, Second Edition (2007).

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September 1, 1996

A newsletter with brief descriptions of case-or office-management techniques that judges have found helpful. Items for publication were reviewed by federal judges knowledgeable in the particular subject area.

Volume 1
No. 1: Conducting Court Proceedings by Telephone (April 1983)
No. 2: "First Friday"- Litigant and Witness Orientation (June 29, 1983)
No. 3: Trial Transcripts: Saying No to Premature Requests (July 29, 1983)

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January 1, 1996

A publication that discusses the importance of federal judges' papers as a documentary record of judges' careers and the work of the federal courts. The guide describes how students of the federal courts use judges' papers and offers guidelines for judges' selection of a repository to house a collection. The guide also offers recommendations for the management of documents in chambers.

Superseded by A Guide to the Preservation of Federal Judges' Papers, Second Edition (2009).

January 1, 1994

A handbook that provides an overview of chambers operations and the work of the federal courts. It deals with the following tasks and areas of concern for judges' law clerks and secretaries: conduct, ethics, and protocol; basic analysis of litigation; court governance and administration; chambers and case management; relations with other court and justice system personnel; and legal research and writing.

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January 1, 1985

A training aid and reference work for use by new and experienced secretaries to federal judges. The handbook discusses case management, office procedures, administrative matters, protocol and conduct, and the special role of a judicial secretary. This publication was produced in loose-leaf format to facilitate additions.

Superseded by Chambers Handbook for Judges' Law Clerks and Secretaries (1994).

January 1, 1983

A training aid and reference work for use by new and experienced secretaries to federal judges. The handbook discusses case management, office procedures, administrative matters, protocol and conduct, and the special role of a judicial secretary. This publication was produced in loose-leaf format to facilitate additions.

Superseded by Handbook for Federal Judges' Secretaries (1985).

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