Levi, Rabiej co-author new Federal Civil Procedure Manual

Dean David F. LeviJohn K. Rabiej, director of Duke Law’s Center for Judicial Studies, have joined with Judge Lee H. Rosenthal to co-author the new Federal Civil Procedure Manual.

The manual, published by Juris Publications, is a comprehensive treatment of procedural law in federal courts that attorneys can rely on for quick answers to discrete issues. For new lawyers, it offers a complete blueprint for commencing and working through a case in court. And the extensive and up-to-date case-law references provide authoritative sources that go into deep detail about the designated issues.

In addition to procedural law, the authors address jurisdictional matters extensively and include a chapter on arbitration, a topic typically not addressed in a procedural book.

Together the authors have almost 50 years’ experience in developing, crafting, and approving amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Prior to becoming dean in 2007, Levi was Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of California, with chambers in Sacramento. He has served as chair of two Judicial Conference committees by appointment of the Chief Justice of the United States: the Civil Rules Advisory Committee and the Standing Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure. In August, he was named chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the American Judicial System.

Rabiej joined Duke Law after serving as executive director and director of judicial outreach for The Sedona Conference. He earlier served as chief of the Rules Committee Support Office for 20 years, staffing the six rules committees of the United States Judicial Conference.

Rosenthal has served as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, since 1992. Additionally, she has been invited to sit by designation with courts of appeals around the country. She has taught, written, and lectured extensively, concentrating on topics in complex litigation and civil procedure. At Duke Law, she teaches in the Master of Judicial Studies program.