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May 15, 2019
Melissa J. Whitney

This pocket guide was created to provide transferee judges handling multidistrict litigation (MDL) with an overview of the bellwether trial process. Bellwether trials are one of many case-management tools available to MDL transferee judges. Although bellwether trials are not appropriate for every MDL proceeding, this guide outlines practical considerations for establishing and implementing bellwether protocols in proceedings where a court chooses to utilize them.

November 15, 2017
Elizabeth C. Wiggins

This guide on the use of distance participation (DP) technology to conduct bankruptcy hear­ings and trials provides an overview of general considerations, ranging from philo­sophical to practical, and then examines separately the use of the teleconferencing and videoconferencing. Each district, and indeed each judge, must decide whether to use DP technology, and if so, how to use it.

June 28, 2017
Jayme J. Herschkopf

This pocket guide is designed to offer judges an introduction to the law and practice of securities litigation. It provides an overview of the types of legal and practical issues judges may confront in litigation arising under the securities laws, and, where possible, offers suggestions. This guide also identifies the areas of securities law most prone to circuit splits or frequent change, so that judges know where to be particularly vigilant about looking at up-to-date case law and legislation.

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January 1, 2014
Meghan A. Dunn

This report summarizes the results of a Center survey of district court judges to assess the frequency with which jurors used social media to communicate during trials and deliberations in the past two years, and to identify strategies for curbing this behavior. The survey was conducted at the request of the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management. The survey also assessed the frequency with which attorneys use social media to conduct research on potential jurors during voir dire.

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January 1, 2010
Tucker Carrington, Kris Markarian

The Manual on Recurring Problems in Criminal Trials (6th ed.) outlines the law governing many of the specific issues and procedural matters that arise frequently in criminal trials. The Sixth Edition added new material and revised the organization and format to enhance usability. Among the topics covered are pro se representation, jury-related matters, disclosure, evidentiary issues, contempt, confessions, and multiple defendants. Circuit splits are also noted.

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January 1, 2009
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January 1, 2001
Donald S. Voorhees, Genevra Kay Loveland

The fifth edition of the late Judge Voorhees's guide to the law governing many of the procedural matters that arise in criminal trials. The material, which was originally prepared for Center seminars for newly appointed district judges, has been updated to include cases decided during the Supreme Court's 2000-2001 Term and U.S. Court of Appeals cases reported through 212 F.3d 306. Among the topics covered are jury-related problems, evidentiary issues, civil and criminal contempt, the Fifth Amendment, confessions, and severance of defendants.

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January 1, 2001

Form 1: Initial Case Management Scheduling Order

Form 2: Order for Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting and Rule 16(b) Scheduling Conference

Form 3: Initial Scheduling Order

Form 4: Guidelines for Discovery, Motion Practice and Trial

Form 5: Individual Practices of Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum

Form 6: Recommended Model for Individual Judge’s Practices

Form 7: Standing Order for Matters Before Judge Martin J. Jenkins

Form 8: Instructions Regarding Pretrial Proceedings

Form 9: Standing Pretrial Procedure Order and Forms

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January 1, 1996
Donald S. Voorhees, Genevra Kay Loveland

The fourth edition of the late Judge Voorhees's guide to the law governing many of the procedural matters that arise in criminal trials. The material, which was originally prepared for Center seminars for newly appointed district judges, has been updated to include cases decided during the Supreme Court's 1994-1995 Term and U.S. Court of Appeals cases reported through 67 F. 3d 940. Among the topics covered are jury-related problems, evidentiary issues, civil and criminal contempt, the Fifth Amendment, confessions, and severance of defendants.

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