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California Practice Materials

This is a selective bibliography of California practice titles available in the Mabie Law Library and online. You may find other relevant titles by doing keyword and subject searches in the online catalogs: MORT and Melvyl. MORT is the Mabie Law Library's online catalog and Melvyl is the UC system-wide online catalog. Through Melvyl, you can search the holdings of all the UC Law Libraries as well as Stanford and the California State Library.

California Practice Materials  PDF version

Publishers of California Materials:


There are a number of major publishers of California legal materials, often called "treatises".  You should be aware of the following:

Bancroft-Whitney (http://west.thomson.com) is a brand owned by West, a Thomson Reuters business and publishes a number of treatises in substantive areas under the general series title Bancroft-Whitney California Civil Practice.

CEB - Continuing Education of the Bar (http://ceb.com) is a nonprofit organization jointly sponsored by the State Bar and the University of California publishing on a wide range of practice areas.  CEB's popular "Action Guides" provide detailed practice-oriented guidance.  CEB OnLaw is the online platform for all CEB publications.

Matthew Bender (http://www.lexisnexis.com/store/us) is a brand owned by LexisNexis and publishes California materials in a wide range of topics including business organizations, litigation, transactional, employment and environmental - all titles are also available online through Lexis.

Rutter Group (http://www.ruttergroup.com) is a brand owned by West, a Thomson Reuters business and publishes the California Practice Guides series in a variety of specialized topics. All Rutter Group titles are available online through Westlaw.

Witkin Legal Institute (http://www.witkin.com) and West, a Thomson Reuters business, jointly publish the leading California "Witkin" treatises also available online through Lexis and Westlaw.

Search Tips:


Most California practice materials (“treatises”) have useful finding aids to help you find your topic. Look for the index, table of statutes/regulations or table of cases to locate on-point content especially when you have a keyword, statute (code section), regulation or case name as a starting point.  Also, most treatises come with detailed table of contents, often resembling a legal outline, and you should examine these carefully to spot any related topics — you will find the table of contents in the initial pages of the treatise or at the start of each chapter (or both).  Reliance on keyword searching means that the online versions of treatises may not contain all of the finding aids (index, table of statutes/regulations, table of cases) provided in the print format, it really depends on the publisher.  See a reference librarian for assistance or contact: lawlibref@ucdavis.edu.

Witkin publications (Witkin Legal Institute)

Summary of California Law
Location: KFC 80 .W58  Stacks & Reserve
Online: Lexis & Westlaw

California Procedure
Location: KFC 995 .W58  Stacks & Reserve
Online:  Lexis & Westlaw

California Evidence
Location: KFC 1030 .W57  Stacks & Reserve
Online:  Lexis & Westlaw

CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar) Publications:

CEB publications: Search the Law Library's online catalog, MORT, for the location of specific titles listed below -- most CEB publications are located in the Library's RESERVE area.

All CEB titles below are also available online from CEB OnLaw. To access CEB OnLaw, go to: https://law.ucdavis.edu/library/find/databases.html#C

Selected CEB Publications:
A Litigator's Guide to Effective Use of ADR (CEB)
California Administrative Hearing Practice (CEB)
California Administrative Mandamus (CEB)
California Attorney Fee Awards (CEB)
California Attorney's Guide to Damages (CEB)
California Civil Appellate Practice (CEB)
California Civil Discovery Practice (CEB)
California Civil Procedure Before Trial (CEB)
California Civil Writ Practice (CEB)
California Expert Witness Guide (CEB)
California Liability Insurance Practice: Claims and Litigation (CEB)
California Municipal Law Handbook (League of California Cities & CEB)
California Summary Judgment (CEB)
California Trial Objections (CEB)
California Trial Practice: Civil Procedure During Trial (CEB)
Effective Direct and Cross-Examination Book (CEB)
Effective Introduction of Evidence in California (CEB)
Jefferson's California Evidence Benchbook (CEB)
Persuasive Opening Statements and Closing Arguments (CEB)

CEB Action Guides

Search the Law Library's online catalog, MORT, for the location of specific CEB Action Guides listed below.

The CEB Action Guides listed below are also available online from CEB OnLaw.

To access CEB OnLaw, go to: https://law.ucdavis.edu/library/find/databases.html#C.


Creating Your Discovery Plan
Enforcing Civil Money Judgments
Handling Civil Appeals
Handling Depositions
Handling Expert Witnesses in California Courts
Handling Motions to Compel and Other Discovery Motions
Handling Subpoenas
Meeting Statutory Deadlines: During and After Litigation
Obtaining a Writ of Attachment
Obtaining Discovery: Initiating & Responding to Discovery Procedures
Preparing for Trial
Laying a Foundation to Introduce Evidence (Preparing & Using Evidence at Trial)

Rutter Group -  California Practice Guides

Location: Mabie Law Library RESERVE
Online: Westlaw

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Bankruptcy
Civil Appeals & Writs
Civil Procedure Before Trial
Civil Trials & Evidence
Corporations
Employment Litigation
Enforcing Judgments & Debts
Family Law
Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial
Federal Civil Trials and Evidence
Federal 9th Circuit Civil Appellate Practice
Insurance Litigation
Landlord Tenant
Personal Injury
Probate
Professional Responsibility
Real Property Transactions

Matthew Bender (LexisNexis) publications

Location:  Mabie Law Library Reserve & Stacks
Online:  LexisNexis

California Deposition and Discovery (Reserve)
California Evidentiary Foundations (Reserve)
California Forms Of Pleading and Practice - Annotated (Stacks - KFC1010 A65 C34, Level 3)
California Points & Authorities (Stacks - KFC1010 B46, Level 3)
California e-Discovery and Evidence (Stacks - KFC1021 E43 M37, Level 3) 
California Trial Handbook 3d (Reserve)
Cotchett, California Courtroom Evidence (Reserve)
Deskbook on the Management of Complex Civil Litigation (Stacks - KFC995 D47, Level 3)

Expert Series from West, a Thomson Reuters business

Location:  Mabie Law Library Reserve & Stacks
Online:  Westlaw

California Affirmative Defenses (Reserve)
California Civil Courtroom Handbook and Desktop Reference (Reserve)
California Motions (Reserve)
Dunne on Depositions in California (Reserve)
Overly on Electronic Evidence in California (Stacks - KFC1038 O94, Level 3)
Simons California Evidence Manual (Stacks - KFC1030 S57, Level 3)

Bancroft-Whitney - California Civil Practice Series

Location: Mabie Law Library Reserve
Online: Westlaw

Business Litigation
Civil Rights Litigation
Employment Litigation
Environmental Litigation
Family Law Litigation
Probate & Trust Litigation
Procedure: Civil and Civil Appellate
Real Property Litigation
Torts
Worker's Compensation

Other Bancroft-Whitney:
California Civil Discovery by James E. Hogan (Reserve - not on Westlaw)

Court Rules

Practice tip: Rules of court are jurisdiction-specific and contain detailed requirements and additional information such as definitions/terminology, computation of time, effective date of filing, timing/deadlines and format specifications for papers filed with the court.  It is critical to become proficient in the rules that apply to the court involved the matter you are researching and to keep up with changes made to the rules.

California Rules of Court (California Courts Web Site)
Online: California Courts - http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/rules/

California Rules of Court, State (West)
Location: KFC30.5 .W45 - Stacks & Reserve
Online: Westlaw - CA-RULES
Online: Lexis - CAL;CARULE

Northern California Local Court Rules - Superior Courts (West)
Location: KFC 992 A195 Reserve
Online:  Westlaw - CA-RULES

Central California Local Court Rules - Superior Courts (West)
Location: KFC 992 A193 Reserve
Online: Westlaw - CA-RULES

California Rules of Court, Federal District Courts (West)
Location: KFC30.5 .W45 - Stacks & Reserve
Online: Westlaw - CA-RULES
Online: Lexis - CAL;CARULE

California Rules of Court, Federal Bankruptcy Courts (West)
Location: KFC30.5 .W45 - Stacks & Reserve
Online: Westlaw - CA-RULES
Online: Lexis - CAL;CARULE

Jury Instructions - Civil

Practice tip: Jury Instructions are useful to gather authorities (such as statutes or case law) when researching certain types of issues even when you are not directly involved in litigation.

California Jury Instructions, Civil: Book of Approved Jury Instructions (BAJI) prepared by the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions, Civil, of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Location: KFC 1047 .A65 C35 RESERVE
Online: Lexis - CAL;BAJI
Online: Westlaw - CA-BAJI

California Forms of Jury Instruction (Matthew Bender)
Civil jury instructions for actions not covered in BAJI.
NOT CARRIED BY UCD
Online: Lexis - CAL;CFJUR 

Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI)
drafted under the auspices of the Judicial Council of California
Location: KFC1047 A65 RESERVE
Online: Lexis - CAL;CJCJUR
Online: Westlaw - CACI

Judicial Profiles

Practice tips: Once a judge has been assigned to active litigation, it is a good idea to seek out biographical information regarding the judge, a couple of publishers make available such judicial profiles.  Lexis & Westlaw have created online tools to generate judicial profile reports on the caseload and nature of suit  handled by a particular judge - although state court analyses are being added, such reports have initially been limited to analyzing the work of federal judges and can be costly and typically not available to law school Lexis/Westlaw accounts.  It can be challenging to obtain judicial profiles for judges acting as arbitrators or mediators - and these may have to be requested from the arbitration or mediation service being used by the parties.  Some libraries save (rather than discard) the Judicial Profiles (Daily Journal Corp) of retired judges as they may later serve as arbitrators or mediators in retirement.   Some biographical information can be pieced together from legal news articles, try LegalTrac or legal news databases on Lexis and Westlaw.

California Courts and Judges (James Publishing)
Location: KFC 955 .A972  - RESERVE

Northern California Judicial Profiles (Daily Journal Corporation)
Location: KFC 980 .J83  - RESERVE

Southern California Judicial Profiles (Daily Journal Corporation)
Location: KFC 980 .J84 - RESERVE

Form Books

Practice tips:  Sample forms are not only found in form books and online at official court web sites, but are also included in treatises, often in an Appendix, at the end of a chapter or in a separate companion compact disk ("CD").  Most of the Rutter Group and CEB treatises outlined above (on pages one and two) include sample forms.  Inquire at the Reference Desk about any forms CD's available for specific titles.  Some forms are specified in the California Codes, try browsing the LARMAC Index under "FORMS" (RESERVE KFC 40 L37).  Below are some suggested titles for locating forms:

Forms Manual (CEB)
Location: KFC 995 .A65 C25 RESERVE
Online: CEB OnLaw - https://law.ucdavis.edu/find/library/databases.html#C

West's California Judicial Council Forms (West)
Location: KFC 30.5 .W4 RESERVE & STACKS
Online: Westlaw

Judicial Council Forms
Online: www.courtinfo.ca.gov

California Civil Litigation Forms Manual (CEB)
Location: KFC 1020 .A65 C34 RESEVE & STACKS
Online:  CEB OnLaw - https://law.ucdavis.edu/find/library/databases.html#C

California Forms of Pleading and Practice (Matthew Bender)
Over 50 loose-leaf volumes of general forms and forms geared to highly specific fact patterns.  Also includes JudiciaCouncil forms.
Location: KFC 1010 .A65 C34
Online: Lexis

California Points and Authorities (Matthew Bender)
Covers civil & criminal procedure as well as substantive law.
Location: KFC 1010 .B46
Online: Lexis

Fee Agreement Forms Manual, by Bob Pickus (CEB)
Location: KFC 77.5 .F43 P53 RESERVE
Online: CEB OnLaw - https://law.ucdavis.edu/find/library/databases.html#C

West's California Code Forms with Practice Commentary

Organized by code section. Covers the following Codes: Business & Professions; Civil; Civil Procedure; Commercial;Corporations; Education; Elections; Fish & Game; Food & Agriculture; Government; Insurance; Labor; Probate; Public Utilities; Revenue & Taxation.
Location: KFC 68 .W38.
Online: Westlaw

California Transactions: Forms (Bancroft-Whitney)
Replaced Cal Forms. Topics covered include:Business Entities, Business Transactions,Family Law and Estate Planning.
Location: KFC 68 .C342
Online: Westlaw

California Legal Forms: Transaction Guide (Matthew Bender)
Covers: business and nonprofit organizations; real estate transactions; wills and trusts; contracts and obligations;performance of services; personal transactions.
Location: KFC 68 .C35
Online:  Lexis

Alternative Dispute Resolution

California Practice Guide: Alternative Dispute Resolution (Rutter Group)
Location: KFC1093 .K54 RESERVE
Online: Westlaw

A Litigator's Guide to Effective Use of ADR in California (CEB)
Location: KFC1093 .L57 STACKS
Online: CEB OnLaw - https://law.ucdavis.edu/library/find/databases.html#C

California Arbitration and Mediation Practice Guide: Court-Connected ADR
John A. Toker (Lawpress)
Location: KFC 1094 T65 RESERVE

Contracts

Location: Mabie Law Library Reserve & Stacks
Online: CEBOnlaw - https://law.ucdavis.edu/library/find/databases.html#C

Business Buy-Sell Agreements (CEB) (Reserve)
California Law of Contracts (CEB) (Stacks - KFC215 K86, Level 3)
Drafting Business Contracts: Principles, Techniques and Forms (CEB) (Reserve)

Criminal Practice and Procedure

California Criminal Law (Witkin Legal Institute)
Location: KFC1100 .W582 - STACKS & RESERVE
Online: Lexis & Westlaw

California Criminal Defense Practice (Matthew Bender)
Location: KFC 1115 .A6 C34 RESERVE
Online: Lexis

California Criminal law: Procedure and Practice (CEB)
Location: KFC 1155 C35 RESERVE
Online: CEB OnLaw - https://law.ucdavis.edu/library/find/databases.html#C

California Criminal Forms and Instructions (Bancroft-Whitney)
Location: KFC 1155 A65 R83 STACKS, Level 3
Online: Westlaw -CACFI

Levenson on California Criminal Procedure (West)
Location: KFC 1155 L485 RESERVE
Online: Westlaw - CACRIMPRO

Appeals & Writs in Criminal Cases (CEB)
Location: KFC 1174 A96 STACKS, Level 3
Online: CEB OnLaw - https://law.ucdavis.edu/library/find/databases.html#C

California Criminal Discovery (Lexis)
Location: KFC 1160.5 P57 RESERVE
Online: Lexis

Jury Instructions - Criminal

California Jury Instructions, Criminal (CALJIC) by the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions, Criminal, Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Location: KFC 1171 .A65 S86 RESERVE
Online: Lexis - CAL;CALJIC
Online: Westlaw - CACALJIC

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) by Judicial Council of California
Location: KFC 1171 J83 RESERVE
Online: Lexis & Westlaw                                                                                                                     

Forecite: Latest Developments in California Criminal Jury Instructions
Thomas Lundy (FORECITE Legal Publications) Location: KFC 1171 .A65 F67 RESERVE
Updates and augments CALJIC Online: See Librarian for access.

Corporations and Business Entities

California Corporation Laws - Ballantine & Sterling (Matthew Bender)
Location: KFC 345 .A6 B34 Stacks, Level 3
Online: Lexis

California Practice Guide: Corporations (Rutter Group)
Location: KFC345.A6 F75 RESERVE
Online: Westlaw

Marsh's California Corporation Law (Aspen Law & Business)
Location: KFC 345 .M37 Stacks, Level 3

CEB publications: Search the Law Library's online catalog, MORT, for the location of specific titles listed below -- most CEB books are located in the Library's RESERVE area. All CEB titles below are also available online from CEB OnLaw - https://law.ucdavis.edu/library/find/databases.html#C

Advising California Nonprofit Corporations (CEB)
Advising California Partnerships (CEB)
California Franchise Law and Practice (CEB)
Counseling California Corporations (CEB)
Forming and Operating California Limited Liability Companies (CEB)
Organizing Corporations in California (CEB)
Selecting and Forming Business Entities (CEB)

Employment and Labor Law

Advising California Employers and Employees (CEB)
Location:  KFC556 .A94 RESERVE
Online: CEB OnLawhttps://law.ucdavis.edu/find/library/databases.html#C

California Employment Law (Matthew Bender/Lexis)
Location: KFC 556 .C35 RESERVE
Online:   Lexis

California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation (Rutter Group/West)
Location: KFC572 .C35  RESERVE
Online: Westlaw

California Civil Practice: Employment Litigation (Bancroft-Whitney/West)
Location: KFC995 .C355 RESERVE
Online: Westlaw

Environmental Law

California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice (Matthew Bender/LexisNexis)
Location: KFC 610 .A6 C34  RESERVE
Online: Lexis

California Civil Practice: Environmental Litigation (Bancroft-Whitney/West)
Location: KFC 995 .C356  RESERVE
Online: Westlaw

Practice Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEB)
Location: KFC 610 .K67 STACKS & RESERVE
Online: CEB OnLaw - https://law.ucdavis.edu/find/library/databases.html#C

California Environmental Law and Policy: a Practical Guide (Solano)
Location: KFC610 .H47 RESERVE
Online: not online

Guide to CEQA - California Environmental Quality Act (Solano)
Location: KFC 610 A15 G85 RESERVE
Online: not online

Family Law

California Family Law: Practice and Procedure (Matthew Bender/Lexis)
Location: KFC 115 .A6 C34 RESERVE
Online: Lexis

California Practice Guide: Family Law (Rutter Group/West)
Location: KFC126 .H64 RESERVE
Online: Westlaw

CEB publications: Search the Law Library's online catalog, MORT, for the location of specific titles listed below -- most CEB books are located in the Library's RESERVE area.  All CEB titles below are also available online from CEB OnLaw - https://law.ucdavis.edu/find/library/databases.html#C

California Child Custody Litigation and Practice (CEB)
California Domestic Partnerships (CEB)
California Juvenile Dependency Practice (CEB)
California Marital Settlement and Other Family Law Agreements (CEB)
Dissolution Strategies: From Intake to Judgment (CEB)
Dividing Pensions and Other Employee Benefits in California Divorces (CEB)
Domestic Violence Remedies in California Family Law Cases (CEB)
Family Law Financial Discovery (CEB)
Practice Under the California Family Code: Dissolution, Legal Separation and Nullity (CEB)

Probate and Estate Planning

California Practice Guide: Probate (Rutter Group/West)
Location: KFC205.A6 R67 RESERVE
Online: Westlaw

California Civil Practice: Probate & Trust Proceedings (Bancroft-Whitney/West)
Location: KFC995 .C358 RESERVE
Online: Westlaw

CEB publications: Search the Law Library's online catalog, MORT, for the location of specific titles listed below -- most  CEB books are located in the Library's RESERVE area.  All CEB titles below are also available online from CEB OnLaw - https://law.ucdavis.edu/find/library/databases.html#C

California Decedent Estate Practice
(CEB)
California Estate Planning (CEB)
California Local Probate Rules (CEB)
California Trust Administration (CEB)
California Trust and Probate Litigation (CEB)
California Will Drafting (CEB)
Complete Plans for Small and Mid-Size Estates (CEB)
Drafting California Irrevocable Trusts (CEB)
Drafting California Revocable Trusts (CEB)
Administering a Single-Person Trust After Settlor's Death (Action Guide)
Funding a Revocable Trust (Action Guide)
Handling a Fiduciary Accounting (Action Guide)
Handling a Probate (Action Guide)
Handling Postmortem Trust Administration: A Checklist (Action Guide)
Special Needs Trusts: Planning, Drafting, and Administration (Action Guide)
Transferring Property Without Probate (Action Guide)

Real Property and Landlord Tenant

California Practice Guide: Landlord & Tenant (Rutter Group/West)
Location: KFC145 .F75 RESERVE
Online: Westlaw

California Practice Guide: Real Property Transactions (Rutter Group/West)
Location: KFC150 .G74 RESERVE
Online: Westlaw

California Real Estate Law and Practice (Matthew Bender/Lexis)
Location: KFC 140 .B46 STACKS
Online: Lexis

California Real Estate - Miller & Starr (Bancroft-Whitney/West)
Location: KFC 140 .M55 RESERVE & STACKS
Online: Westlaw

CEB publications: Search the Law Library's online catalog, MORT, for the location of specific titles listed below -- most  CEB books are located in the Library's RESERVE area.  All CEB titles below are also available online from CEB OnLaw - https://law.ucdavis.edu/find/library/databases.html#C

California Easements and Boundaries: Law and Litigation (CEB)
California Eviction Defense Manual (CEB)
California Landlord-Tenant Practice (CEB)
California Real Property Remedies and Damages (CEB)
California Real Property Sales Transactions (CEB)
Real Property Exchanges (CEB)
Handling a Real Property Foreclosure (Action Guide)
Handling Real Property Sales Transactions (Action Guide)
Handling Unlawful Detainers (Action Guide)

Taxation

Business Taxes Law Guide - California. State Board of Equalization
Location: KFC898.A33 C35
Online: California Board of Equalization
http://www.boe.ca.gov/lawguides/business/current/btlg/business-taxes-law-guide.html
California Tax Reporter (CCH)
Part of CCH's State Tax Reporter.
Location: KFC 860 .A6 .C65 MAIN READING ROOM

Property Taxes Law Guide - State Board of Equalization, State of California
Location: KFC880 .A86
Online: California Board of Equalization
http://www.boe.ca.gov/lawguides/property/current/ptlg/property-taxes-law-guide.html


Taxing California Property (Thomson/West)
Location: KFC881 .E35
Online: Westlaw

Tort, Personal Injury, & Workers Compensation Law

California Workers Compensation Law (Matthew Bender/LexisNexis)
Location: KFC 592 .H47 STACKS
Online: Lexis - CAL;CALCOM

California Uninsured Motorist Law (Matthew Bender/LexisNexis)
Location: KFC 298 .A86 C54 STACKS
Online: Lexis - CAL;CAUIML


CEB publications: Search the Law Library's online catalog, MORT, for the location of specific titles listed below -- most CEB books are located in the Library's RESERVE area.  All CEB titles below are also available online from CEB OnLaw - https://law.ucdavis.edu/find/library/databases.html#C


California Automobile Insurance Law Guide (CEB)
California Government Tort Liability Practice (CEB)
California Personal Injury Proof Book (CEB)
California Tort Damages (CEB)
California Tort Guide (CEB)
California Uninsured Motorist Practice (CEB)
California Workers' Compensation Practice (CEB)
California Workers' Damages Practice (CEB)
Meeting Statutory Deadlines: Workers' Compensation (Action Guide)

Other Publishers of Specialized California Practice Guides by Topic

Some titles are not owned by Mabie Law Library.  If you wish to explore further, a list of other specialty publishers is provided below and you may check the publisher's web sites for additional information:

Business and corporations law:
State of California Bar - Business Section
http://businesslaw.calbar.ca.gov/Publications.aspx

Environmental Law, Water Law, Land Use Planning and Zoning, Mining, Transportation, Public Contracs & Education:
Solano Press
To view a list of publications, go to: http://www.solano.com/ 

American Council of Engineering Companies
To view a list of publications, go to: http://netforum.acec.org/eweb/StartPage.aspx?Site=ACEC_STORE&WebKey=17fd3e70-f4e0-4ef9-81e1-f1fb1f21cc22

Construction Law, Public Contracts and Mechanics' Liens:
BNI Books
To view a list of publications, go to: http://www.bnibooks.com/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=8&cat=Legal

Labor & Employment:
Castle Publications Ltd
To view a list of publications, go to: http://www.castlepublications.com/

Litigation, wide range of topics:
James Publishing
To view a list of publications, go to: http://www.jamespublishing.com/

Persons (non-lawyers) representing themselves:
Nolo Press
To view  a list of publications, go to: http://www.nolo.com/