Lawyers Journal

Book Briefs, February 2002

BNA offers 2002 directory of state and federal courts Access vital details about federal and state courts in the 2001 edition of "BNA's Directory of State and Federal Courts, Judges and Clerks." The 676-page soft-cover book contains listings for 2,243 state courts, 226 federal courts, 14,292 judges and 5,333 clerks in the federal court system, the 50 states and District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Listings include names, titles, street addresses, phone and fax numbers, Internet sites, e-mail addresses and TDD/TTY. The directory costs $155 and can be purchased by calling (800) 960-1220 or visiting www.bnabooks.com.

Learn to educate the public on the American justice system A new guide written by the American Bar Association Division for Public Education encourages lawyers to take a role to improve public understanding of the justice system and sustain the public's confidence in it. The 16-page guide, "Educating the Public About the Law: Guide for Individual Lawyers," provides advice on how lawyers can communicate with public audiences, identifies resources that can assist them, highlights programs that depend on the contributions of volunteer lawyers and offers insights on the value of public legal education. A printed version of the guide can be purchased for $2.50 by calling (800) 285-2221 or it can be downloaded for free at www.abanet.org/publiced/volunteer.

West Group publishes revised 'Black's Law Dictionary' West Group's second pocket edition of "Black's Law Dictionary" is portable, up-to-date and offers more than 10,000 terms. For more information, visit www.westgroup.com or call (651) 687-7000.

Help is on the way for divorce and family-law practitioners The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has revised its set of ethical goals for lawyers handling the emotionally charged areas of divorce and family law. "The Bounds of Advocacy" addresses issues relating to the increased use of alternative dispute resolution by the courts and issues involving children. It also discusses ways to deal with erroneously receiving materials from an unknown source and explores new language concerning fee agreements. The booklet may be ordered by calling (800) 422-6595 or by visiting www.aaml.org.

Book on the digital practice of law Whether for a novice or advanced technology user, "The Digital Practice of Law" provides the basics, legal applications and techniques on how to use technology in your practice and litigation. In its fifth edition, this publication, written by attorney Michael R. Arkfeld, offers step-by-step pointers and advice to assist lawyers in implementing office and case automation. The 390-page book costs $49.95 and can be ordered by calling (602) 993-1937 or visiting the State Bar of Arizona's Web site at www.azbar.org.

ALI-ABA publishes real estate guide "A Practical Guide to Real Estate Practice," published by the American Law Institute-American Bar Association, offers commercial real estate lawyers information for a better, more efficient, more client-pleasing practice. The 320-page book is designed for real estate attorneys dealing with everything from a small commercial lease to a multi-state financing of dozens of sites. Each chapter includes a topic-specific checklist, which can be crucial, for example, when trying to remember all the things needed for a closing. Cost is $99. To order, call (800) 253-6397 or visit www.ali-aba.org/aliaba/BK12.htm.

NITA offers second volume in practice-commentaries series The National Institute of Trial Advocacy has released "Practice Commentaries - Federal Rules of Evidence," the second volume in its practice-commentaries series. The series combines the federal rules with an analysis of how to use these rules to develop a winning courtroom strategy. The federal rules of evidence are printed in their entirety and each rule is followed by a commentary. The commentaries in this volume are brief, practical and practice-oriented. Cost of this 155-page paperback is $39.95. It can be ordered by calling (800) 225-6482 or by visiting www.nita.org.

'Uniform Probate Code' is now available CCH Incorporated has published the "Uniform Probate Code," a complete and up-to-date edition of "The Code" and related documents. This 1,600-page book includes the code's official text and comments, comments of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, new history sections and a detailed topical index. For more information or to order, call (800) 248-3248 or visit http://business.cch.com/onlinestore.

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