RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LAWYERS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE
From Peter Broida, publisher:
As a publisher and private practice attorney in this field for decades, I offer some acquisition suggestions for my colleagues in private practice. My assumption is that your clients will have civil service (disciplinary) or EEO cases and that the representation you provide will involve presentation of replies to proposals for discipline, mediations, MSPB hearings, and EEO hearings. Some of you may become involved in security clearance issues and workers’ compensation claims and appeals.
My recommendation for practitioners is to use the digital form of these publications. Our digital books are .pdf files that can be sent to you on CD and most can be downloaded instantly. The files are hyperlinked internally with cross references and externally to selected cases or statutes available on the Internet, and useful for cutting and pasting text into written pleadings. You can take the CD or file along with your laptop to a hearing or mediation. For those who use our digital products, remember that they are copyrighted, sold with single-user licenses, and are not to be placed onto computer networks.
Also, remember that the law changes. Keep current. Use the most recent edition of our annually-updated texts. We update them for a reason: to provide the most recent caselaw that we can put into print.
A recommended reference library of basic materials includes:
For civil service issues, including discipline and performance actions (replies at the agency level, grievances going to arbitration, or appeals to MSPB):
- MSPB Guide
- MSPB Charges & Penalties
- Crafting Durable Settlement Agreements
- Settlement Forms for MSPB and EEOC
- A Guide to Whistleblower Protection Act and Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012
For EEO matters:
- EEO Guide
- Representing Agencies and Complainants Before the EEOC
- Compensatory Damages and Other Remedies
- Federal Sector Disability Discrimination Law Deskbook
- Security Clearance Law and Procedure
- Federal Sector Workers' Compensation
- Federal Sector Workers' Compensation Basics
If your practice involves union representation, take a look at our recommendations for union reference libraries.