Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Vladeck on the latest edition of Supreme Court Practice

Now on the Courts Law section of JOTWELL is Steve Vladeck’s essay, Bringing the Supreme Court Out of the Shadows. Steve reviews the eleventh edition of Supreme Court Practice, authored by the late Stephen M. Shapiro, Kenneth S. Geller, Timothy S. Bishop, Edward A. Hartnett, and Dan Himmelfarb (but known to many by the names of the treatise’s original authors, Robert L. Stern and Eugene Gressman).



December 1, 2020 in Books, Federal Courts, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Klonoff on MDLs

Bob Klonoff has published Federal Multidistrict Litigation in a Nutshell (West Academic). The preface begins:

This text is for students taking courses in complex litigation, advanced civil procedure, or mass torts. It is also designed as a concise book for members of the bench and bar who are handling multidistrict litigation cases. Its focus is on all aspects of federal multidistrict litigation (MDL), including statistics on MDL cases; comparisons with other aggregation devices (such as class actions); the decision of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (the Panel) to centralize cases (including the standards for centralization and the selection of the MDL district court and judge); appellate review of Panel decisions; tag-along cases; the role of the MDL transferee judge (including case management, designating lead lawyers and committees, deciding motions, conducting bellwether trials, overseeing settlements, and awarding attorneys’ fees); choice-of-law issues in MDLs; personal jurisdiction and venue issues; remand of transferred cases; federal/state coordination (including state MDL statutes); and proposals for reform of MDL practice.



February 27, 2020 in Books, MDLs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 16, 2019

Podcast Series Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wright & Miller Treatise

As covered earlier, Thomson Reuters is releasing a series of podcasts during 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Charles Alan Wright & Arthur Miller’s Federal Practice & Procedure treatise.

The first three episodes have now been posted:




September 16, 2019 in Books, Federal Courts, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Podcast: the beginning of Wright & Miller

Fifty years ago, Charles Alan Wright and Arthur Miller first published the Federal Practice & Procedure treatise. Thomson Reuters is releasing a series of podcasts during 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

The first episode, which is now posted, features Arthur Miller discussing the initial development of the treatise.



May 9, 2019 in Books, Federal Courts, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Wasby on Visiting Judges in the Federal Courts of Appeals

Steve Wasby has published Borrowed Judges: Visitors in the U.S. Courts of Appeals. (Here’s the link on Amazon.)

[H/T: Alan Childress]



April 16, 2018 in Books, Federal Courts, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Grossi on Klonoff’s Introduction to U.S. Law

The Courts Law section of JOTWELL now features Simona Grossi’s essay, Introducing U.S. Law. Simona reviews Bob Klonoff’s new book Introduction to the Study of U.S. Law (West Academic 2016).




November 10, 2016 in Books, Recent Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Vladeck on Thomas on the Missing American Jury

Today on the Courts Law section of JOTWELL is Steve Vladeck’s essay, Bringing in the Jury. Steve reviews Suja Thomas’s recent book, The Missing American Jury: Restoring the Fundamental Constitutional Role of the Criminal, Civil, and Grand Juries (2016).





October 24, 2016 in Books, Recent Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thomas on The Missing American Jury

Professor Suja Thomas (Illinois) has just published her book, The Missing American Jury (Cambridge U. Press).  Here is a summary of the book:

Criminal, civil, and grand juries have disappeared from the American legal system. Over time, despite their significant presence in the Constitution, juries have been robbed of their power by the federal government and the states. For example, leveraging harsher criminal penalties, executive officials have forced criminal defendants into plea bargains, eliminating juries. Capping money damages, legislatures have stripped juries of their power to fix damages. Ordering summary judgment, judges dispose of civil cases without sending them to a jury. This is not what the Founders intended. Examining the Constitution's text and historical sources, the book explores how the jury's authority has been taken and how it can be restored to its rightful co-equal position as a "branch" of government. Discussing the value of the jury beyond the Constitution's requirements, the book also discusses the significance of juries world-wide andargues jury decision-making should be preferred over determinations by other governmental bodies.

Short reviews of the book are posted on the above website.  The book is available on Amazon.

July 14, 2016 in Books, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Constitutional Litigation Structured as a Skills-and-Doctrine Course

Clinical Professor Sarah Ricks of Rutgers-Camden has published Current Issues in Constitutional Litigation. The book is part of the Context and Practice Casebook series and she uses it to teach a popular course of the same title.  You can read more about it here.


June 15, 2013 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tamanaha's Book "Failing Law Schools" Released

Professor Brian Tamanaha of Washington University in St. Louis has published "Failing Law Schools," a book criticizing American legal education.  According to the National Law Journal, "its central argument is that going to law school is a raw deal for most students."


June 18, 2012 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Justice Stevens’ Memoir Says Nary a Word About Civil Procedure

Whenever colleagues at one of my former institutions would (tongue in cheek) argue about which required law school course was most important, one of my fellow Civ Pro professors would invariably pronounce Civil Procedure as “the foundation of all law.”

Those of us who appreciated the spirit, if not the letter, of this sentiment are brought down a peg or two by Justice John Paul Stevens’ recently-published Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir.  In his brief history of the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court and the best-known opinions issued during the term of each, Justice Stevens makes no mention of a single civil procedure case – not even Erie.

Reading this 248-page small book is a pleasant way to spend an evening.  I felt that I was sitting on the porch drinking lemonade with the justice.  The book is organized chronologically, but some of his recollections seem a bit random.  Discussions of death penalty jurisprudence bump up against a lengthy criticism of the redecorating of the justices’ conference room.  Nonetheless, Justice Stevens’ graciousness, integrity, and love of the rule of law illuminate the volume. 

So, back to my topic: no civil procedure nuggets.  No discussion of why he couldn’t find some way to join Justice Brennan (or even Justice O’Connor) in Asahi and felt the need to strike out on his own.  (He did mention that in law practice in Chicago, he represented “a surprisingly large number of entrepreneurs who were distributors of products manufactured by others – coin-operated washing machines, auto parts, calculating equipment, magazines, automobiles, and soft drinks,” but this did not lead to any discussion of stream-of-commerce.)  No mention of Twombly and my favorite line of his dissent: “If Conley’s ‘no set of facts’ language is to be interred, let it not be without a eulogy.”  No mention of Iqbal, even though he does discuss why he believes sovereign immunity has no place in a democracy.  No mention of Shady Grove and that all-important portion of his concurrence with regard to Section 2072(b).    

Good read, but don’t bother if all you wanted was an inside scoop on some leading civil procedure cases.


October 10, 2011 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)