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About the Book

In Chambers: A Guide for Judicial Clerks and Externs

Jennifer Sheppard, Mercer University

2012. 256 pages.  ISBN: 978-14548-0289-1.

With Teacher's Manual.

About the Book

In Chambers is a refreshingly brief and focused book that addresses the key concepts and basic skills clerks and externs need to have on day one. It explains rudimentary tasks, such as reading a docket sheet and working with a case file, and offers detailed instructions on drafting jury instructions. Sources of authority commonly relied upon by the courts are identified for specific topics, and a helpful note-taking system is provided.  Standards of review are covered in detail, including the standard for mixed questions of fact and law. Useful checklists are provided as well for drafting documents. Exercises at the end of chapters evaluate the readerís comprehension and application of the materials. The text of In Chambers is informed by the author's own experience as a judicial clerk as well as her involvement with the externship program at Appalachian School of Law and Mercer University School of Law. Supplements that accompany the book make this a hard-working teaching and learning package. They include a Website, with additional lengthy material such as a case file, PowerPoint slides for class use, and a Teacherís Manual with proposed answers to the exercises as well as pedagogical suggestions.

Features of In Chambers: A Guide for Judicial Clerks and Externs:
 
  • Addresses key concepts and basic skills that clerks and externs need to have on day one
  • Explains rudimentary tasks
    o reading a docket sheet
    o working with a case file
  • Offers detailed instructions on drafting jury instructions
  • Identifies sources of authority commonly relied upon by the courts in specific areas
  • Provides a helpful note-taking system
  • Explains standards of review in detail
    o includes standard for mixed questions of fact and law
  • Includes checklists for drafting documents
  • Features chapter-ending exercises
    o evaluate the reader's comprehension
    o apply materials to real situations
  • Informed by author's experience
    o served as judicial clerk
    o involved in externship program at Appalachian School of Law and Mercer University School of Law
  • Supplements
    Website with lengthy material such as a case file
    PowerPoint slides for class use
    Teacher's Manual 
       -proposed answers to the exercises 
       -pedagogical suggestions.