Here are links to on-line versions of treatises, manuals, guides, handbooks, and other sorts of books — publications that are bibliographically classified as monographs — on subjects connected with law and the practice of law in the United States. The on-line versions may be either viewable through a browser (that is, available in HTML files or ASCII text files) or downloadable for viewing through some other application (that is, stored in other file formats, such as PDF files and word-processor files).
Items are grouped here by type under headings segregating federal-law-related monographs from national monographs (which are neither exclusively federal-law-related nor state-specific).
Securities Lawyer’s Deskbook. University of Cincinnati College of Law (n.d.) The most important federal securities laws, complete with regulations and forms, including links within the posted material to facilitate legal research and the completion of SEC forms. Part of a site maintained by the Center for Corporate Law.
Creating the Federal Judicial System. Russell R. Wheeler & Cynthia Harrison (2d ed. 1994) [Federal Judicial Center] — “The authors explain the provisions of the 1789 Judiciary Act and the compromises the Act embodies, review the evolution of the federal judicial system during the nineteenth century, and analyze the conditions and debates that led to the passage of the Evarts Act in 1891, which established the three-tiered system that characterizes federal court structure today. The publication [in a PDF file (756KB)] includes twelve maps that illustrate the growth and evolution of the districts and circuits from 1789 to the present.”
Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties. Charles J. Kappler, ed. [Oklahoma State Univ.] — “ his historically significant, seven volume compilation contains U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes. The volumes cover U.S. Government treaties with Native Americans from 1778-1883 (Volume II) and U.S. laws and executive orders concerning Native Americans from 1871-1970 (Volumes I, III-VII). The information contained in Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties is in high demand by Native peoples, researchers, journalists, attorneys, legislators, teachers and others of both Native and non-Native origins. Volumes I-V are now available. We are currently digitizing Volumes VI & VII.”
Consumer’s Resource Handbook. U.S. General Services Administration. Consumer Information Center (2010) Advice and consumer tips on car repairs, purchases, and leases, shopping from home, avoiding consumer and investment fraud, home improvement and financing, choosing and using credit cards wisely, and more. Includes a consumer assistance directory with thousands of names, addresses, telephone numbers, web site and e-mail addresses for national consumer organizations, better business bureaus, corporations, trade associations, state and local consumer protection offices, state agencies, military consumer offices, and federal agencies. Available in sections at the web site linked above or in a single file (11.87MB).
First Amendment Handbook. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press [Va.] (1999) First produced in 1986, and updated regularly since then, this booklet is designed to provide a basic primer on the laws affecting reporters’ rights to gather and disseminate news.
The Growth Company Guide to Investors, Deal Structures, and Legal Strategies. Clinton Richardson (n.d.) Subtitled “Practical Advice for Growing Companies and Private Company Investors,” this book discusses business planning, approaching investors, negotiating with investors, structuring favorable financing terms, protecting company technology, pricing stock offerings, complying with securities laws, structuring stock incentive plans, private placements, going public, licensing, buyouts, borrowing and more.
Investigators Guide to Sources of Information. U.S. General Accounting Office. Office of Special Investigations (4/97) A useful investigative tool for identifying sources of information about people, property, business, and finance. Includes internet addresses wherever possible. Includes a chapter on how to use the internet to gather information valuable to the investigative process. Available in a PDF file as well as the HTML version.
World Factbook. U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (1/00) A comprehensive resource of facts and statistics on more than 250 countries and other entities, with maps; annually revised. See also other CIA publications.
A Primer on the Civil-Law System. James G. Apple & Robert P. Deyling (1995) [Federal Judicial Center] — “An overview [in a PDF file (150KB)] for judges and lawyers who want to expand their knowledge of the civil-law tradition. The authors discuss the history of the civil-law system, beginning with the Roman Empire. References are made to the civil-law systems of France and Germany and Chile and Brazil because of their strong influence on many other systems. The authors review the basic features of the modern-day civil-law tradition and compare the civil-law and common-law systems.”
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