Check out the ABA’s International Human Rights Law Sourcebook

The ABA presents the International Human Rights Law Sourcebook.

This extensive volume (alone or as a companion volume with The International Humanitarian Law Sourcebook) is your single-source location for this increasingly important body of law, these volumes will be useful for government, academic, corporate, and legal readers with an interest in the legal regime governing human rights litigation and policy.

Government Contract Law: The Deskbook for Procurement Professionals, Fourth Edition

The fourth edition of Government Contract Law is a comprehensive, step by step guide through all aspects of federal government contracting and incorporates numerous significant changes in procurement since the Third Edition was published.

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Government Contract LawBased on the Contract Attorney’s course of The Judge Advocate General’s Law Center and School, this valuable deskbook is designed to help you safely navigate the entire federal contracting process — from pre-bidding through award, and on to protest and litigation — with the least risk to your client or company.

Since the last edition, there have been many changes in government contract law.  The executive branch has implemented several policy initiatives through the power of federal contracting, including revised labor policies.  Similarly, Congress has implemented changes, including regulation of contractor business systems, trafficking in persons, and provisions addressing problems that have been identified in the past decade such as perceived misuse of commercial items.  What has not changed is the basic system of acquiring goods and services.

This fourth edition of the ABA’s revisions to the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School’s Contract Law Deskbook, includes updates to references, new chapters (which do not appear in the JAG School’s version) as well as chapter revisions that include material that is useful to contractor attorneys and the private bar.  This edition has been expanded and can be used by military attorneys as well as practitioners who are not a part of the military.

This Deskbook has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, served as a foundation for numerous continuing legal education materials, and is used daily by hundreds of attorneys.


Guide to State Procurement: A 50-State Primer on Purchasing Laws, Processes, and Procedures, Second Edition

The legal frameworks for procurement that states have developed contain both similarities as well as critical differences, making it difficult for suppliers who provide products to multiple states. This book delineates each state’s law, practice, and key issues, offering time-saving access to information in a single volume.

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With each state having its own procurement statutes, regulations, and policies, there are similarities as well as important differences in the legal frameworks that have developed over the years, making it difficult and time-consuming for suppliers who provide products to multiple states. Now fully updated, this useful, single-volume resource contains a summary of purchasing laws and processes for all 50 States. Each chapter is written by individuals knowledgeable in each state’s’ laws and processes, and includes:

  • A listing of purchasing laws and regulations
  • Descriptions of purchasing methods
  • An explanation of:
    • Bid protest procedures
    • Contract claims processes, and
    • Administrative and judicial review

Those involved in state procurement — government officials, contract administrators, attorneys, and contractors — will find the information in this Guide to be invaluable.

Protecting Trade Secrets Before, During and After Litigation: A Book Review

A book review of Protecting Trade Secrets Before, During and After Litigation authored by Chris Scott Graham, by S. Merchant of The National Law Review / The National Law Forum LLC was recently published in The National Law Review:

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Protecting Trade Secrets Before, During and After Litigation is attorney Chris Scott Graham’s insider’s guide on the inner workings of trade secrets cases stemming from his twenty-five years of practicing law and serving as chair of Dechert law firm’s trade secrets practice. With its meticulousness and straightforwardness, the book reads like a bisection between an exposé on the professional life of a litigation attorney and Trade Secrets for Dummies.  Mr. Graham takes the perspective of legal counsel when handling such a case and explores the impediments they will face, the circumstances they must take into consideration and the particularities of common trade secrets issues.

Trade secrets misappropriation, most commonly relevant in cases involving technology in a business setting, is a specialized area falling within the umbrella of intellectual property law. Yet Mr. Graham refrains from waxing technical and instead presents a narrative, starting with the initial meeting with a prospective client, the trade secret owner, to the measured steps required in litigation, to seeking post-judgment equitable relief. The guide penultimately concludes with a how-to on crafting contractual provisions advantageous to the trade secret owner and developing an auditing process to determine whether businesses are adequately protecting their trade secrets.  As a bonus, the guide culminates with an appendix containing a sample stipulated protective order for litigation involving trade secrets with helpful footnotes providing further pointers— the cherry on top indeed, particularly for new attorneys branching into this area of the law.

Most significant is how the guide blends the theory of intellectual property law with a healthy dosage of pragmatism, as Mr. Graham takes on the challenge of getting into the nitty-gritty minutia of being an attorney in this field. For instance, in the context of identifying factors that render a case unfavorable for trade secrets litigation purposes,  the guide delves into the art of composing pre-suit demand letters, including the level of detail needed, specific language to use when listing the demands and the proper tone to use so as to not risk appearing “cavalier.” Later, in an analysis about selecting a venue for litigation, the guide launches into an exhaustive list detailing over twenty determinants to take into account.

A point of emphasis in the guide is how to effectively counsel clients throughout the litigation process, and the practical aspects of the guide extend to this discussion as well. Mr. Graham remains precise in his directions of how to navigate clients, from tactfully extracting the confidential nature of their trade secret to calculating their return on investment in relation to their litigation budget.  It appears that the trade secrets practitioner must morph into educator, risk analyst, business owner, appraiser and confidant—we may have missed that course in law school on how to accomplish all this but Mr. Graham succeeds in filling in the gaps.

At thirteen chapters and a total of 310 pages, including citations and an index, the guide manages to succinctly delineate the entire litigation process in trade secrets misappropriation cases. Along with intellectual property law, the guide incorporates contract, civil procedure and tort principles in its chronicle of the litigation process. A notable and perhaps unorthodox facet of the guide is how it portrays the dynamics of being an attorney in this field with utmost realism. As Mr. Graham himself states, his work is analogous to a law firm “whiteboard session…with everyone brainstorming to identify potential pivotal points on the issues at hand.” After examining the guide, one can see that when it comes to trade secrets litigation, it’s all in the detail.

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