Federal Courts

From Rule Text to Reality: Achieving Proportionality in Practice

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Winter 2015 | Volume 99 Number 3

In November 2014, a year before the 2015 discovery amendments could become effective, the Duke Center for Judicial Studies started a project to provide guidance for judges and lawyers on […]

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How Federal Judges Contribute to Mass Incarceration and What They Can Do About It

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Winter 2015 | Volume 99 Number 3

Talk of reforming federal sentencing law is much in the air. Increased public awareness of the fact that the United States is the world capital of mass incarceration has prompted […]

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Judge of All Trades: Further Thoughts on Specialized Courts

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Winter 2015 | Volume 99 Number 3

The proverbial visitor from Mars (or perhaps from the habitable exoplanet Kepler-62f) with an interest in judicial systems would have no trouble perceiving that Earthlings follow two distinct philosophies about […]

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Railroad Tracks

New Rules, New Opportunities

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Winter 2015 | Volume 99 Number 3

In May of 2010, some 200 judges, lawyers, and academics gathered for two days at the Duke University Law School to evaluate the state of civil litigation in federal court. […]

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A Statutory Oddity

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Fall/Winter 2021-22 | Volume 105 Number 3

The Different and Sometimes Convoluted Ways that Congress Granted Circuit Court Trial Jurisdiction to the 19th-Century Federal District Courts Doing research for a book on the history of the federal […]

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Pilot Project for Discovery Protocols for Employment Cases Alleging Diverse Action

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Spring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1

In November 2015, the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) reported to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules on a pilot project designed to streamline litigation by using pattern discovery […]

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Point Counterpoint

Jurors Asking Questions

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Spring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1

In some courtrooms, the practice of allowing jurors to pose questions to witnesses is gaining traction. Questioning witnesses allows jurors to clarify information and better understand the evidence and arguments […]

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A Milestone for Diversity in MDL

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Spring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1

Center for Judicial Studies events help pave way for first majority-female steering committee MDLs are where the action is, and the PSC is where the litigation decisions are made for […]

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Statutes — Clear or Confusing — What is a judge’s responsibility?

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Spring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1

Second Circuit Judge Robert A. Katzmann brings his unique professional career, including his distinguished experience and expertise in legislature, in academia, and as a jurist, to his masterful new book, […]

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The Decline in Federal Civil Trials: An Imagined Conversation

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Spring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1

[The Scene] The first conversation takes place in the chambers of Federal District Judge Nielsen Prius. Prius enters chambers from the courtroom door behind his desk, doffs his black robe, […]

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