There are a great many treatises, practice guides,
and form books available that apply specifically to the
practice of law in Maryland, other states, and before
the federal courts. Some are general in scope while others
are written for specialized practice areas. Those that
appear below represent only a small sample of what is
available. If you are looking for a source of a specific
type and find nothing helpful listed, consult the library
Sample forms can be very helpful as starting points.
However, the drafter must take into account the substantive
law of the jurisdiction. Copying form language without
modifying it for local considerations or common sense
factors can be disastrous.
There are two popular sets of general forms that are
national in scope.
American Jurisprudence Legal Forms 2d (KF170.A542)
This set includes brief commentary and references to Am.
Jur. 2d, A.L.R., law reviews and tax references. It is
arranged alphabetically by topics and has a multi volume
West's Legal Forms 2d (KF170.L53)
Substantive introductions, references to C.J.S. and West
topics and key numbers precede forms for each subject
covered. The set has a topical arrangement with each subject
volume or set of volumes having its own index. A general
index for the entire set is also available.
A variety of sources exist that are designed to provide
assistance in preparing for trials. These are designed
for practitioners and often contain helpful checklists
and references to other materials that are useful at various
stages of the litigation process. Examples of these types
of sources are discussed below. Additional sources can
be found in the library stacks in the same general areas.
American Jurisprudence Pleading and Practice Forms
Forms and annotations are included in this set along with
procedural timetables and drafting checklists. The set
has a multi volume index.
Bender's Forms of Discovery (KF8900.A3B4)
Sample interrogatories are included along with the text
and discussion of applicable federal rules. Discussions
of depositions, requests for admission, and criminal discovery
are available. Separate index volumes exist for volumes
1 to 10 and 11 to 16.
American Jurisprudence Trials (KF8913.A35)
The set includes about five sample trials, mostly civil
but some criminal, per volume. The following is its statement
of purpose: "a guide to the modern practices, techniques,
and tactics used in preparing and trying cases, with model
programs for the handling of all types of litigation."
Examples of examination, cross examination, forms, and
discussion of substantive law are included. There is a
multi volume index.
American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts (KF8933.A35)
With about eight articles per volume, this set includes
"text and sample testimony to assist in proving contested
facts" involving specific areas of the law. There
is a multi-volume index.
Douglas Danner, Pattern Discovery and Pattern Interrogatories
Several titles are included treating areas of the law
such as medical malpractice, torts, employment discrimination,
premises liability, and products liability.
Herbert Newberg and Alba Conte, Newberg on Class
Actions (3d ed.) (KF8896.N4)
This six-volume set covers the theory and strategies of
bringing class actions. It includes numerous appendices
The West Trial Practice Series includes a number of useful
works on various stages of the litigation process. Some
of the titles in this series are:
Roberto Aron and Jonathan Rosner. How to Prepare
Witnesses for Trial (2d ed.) (KF8915.A83)
This work covers a multitude of considerations relating
to preparing witnesses for trial.
Roberto Aron, Julius Fast & Richard Klein, Trial
Communication Skills (2d ed.) (KF8915.A83)
An overview of the litigation process is included in addition
to specifics of communication issues at the various trial
Edward Imwinkelried and Theodore Blumof. Pretrial
Discovery Strategy and Tactics (KF8900.I483)
This work begins with the need for strategic planning
and covers tactics and considerations relating to interrogatories
and other related pretrial concerns.
Jeffrey Kestler, Questioning Techniques and Tactics
(3d ed.) (KF8915.K47)
Questioning strategies as well as principles of cross-examination
are discussed in detail in this work.