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Judiciary Workplace Conduct Group Seeks Law Clerk, Employee Input

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:00
A new mailbox on uscourts.gov is available for current and former federal Judiciary law clerks and all other employees to submit comments relating to the federal Judiciary’s policies and procedures for protecting all employees from inappropriate workplace conduct.

More Courts Use Essay Contests to Teach Lessons in Justice

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 00:00
Growing numbers of federal courts, aided by legal associations, are using essay contests to inform and inspire young people about how the Constitution and courts protect personal liberties. 

Civil Rights Champion Uses Law to Fight Racism

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 00:00
Long before President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to the federal bench, Judge Damon J. Keith was a fervent champion of equal justice under the law.

Bankruptcy Filings Fall 0.7% – Smallest 12-Month Decline Since 2010

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 00:00
Bankruptcy filings in the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, fell just 0.7 percent, compared with bankruptcy cases filed in calendar year 2016.

Judiciary Open During Government Shutdown

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 00:00
Despite a government shutdown, the federal Judiciary will remain open and can continue operations for approximately three weeks, through February 9, by using court fee balances and other funds not dependent on a new appropriation.

Courts Help Each Other Survive Hurricane Season

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:00
Federal courts share their stories of surviving an extreme hurricane season.

Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group Formed

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 00:00
James C. Duff, Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, has established a Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group to review the safeguards currently in place within the Judiciary to protect employees from inappropriate conduct in the workplace.   

Court Declares a Settlement Week to Clear Old Caseload

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 00:00
The Western District Court of New York is one of the most congested courts in the country, receiving over 3,000 filings annually with individual judges’ caseloads at nearly 800. To reduce a long backlog of unresolved lawsuits, Chief Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr., revived a mediation strategy not used by the court since 1995: a settlement week.

Providing Equal Justice Through Training

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 00:00
Lawyers reflect on how the Judiciary’s defender training program gives them the confidence and know-how to provide indigent clients with a solid defense. 

Chief Justice Roberts Issues 2017 Year-End Report

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 00:00
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has issued his 2017 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary.

Federal Judicial Center Marks 50th Anniversary

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 00:00
The Federal Judicial Center, which has educated generations of federal judges and provided ground-breaking research on such topics as court technology and less costly ways to resolve disputes, celebrates its 50th anniversary on Dec. 20, 2017.

New Bankruptcy Form, Rules Take Effect

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:00
Individuals filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 13 must use a new form that presents their payment plan in a more uniform and transparent manner, and creditors will have less time to submit a proof of claim, under new bankruptcy rules and form amendments that took effect Dec. 1.

Jury Scams Target Even Unlikely Victims

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:00
Louisiana native Beth Cenac never thought she would be the target of a jury scam. She is a professional with a master’s degree who worked as a public librarian for 30 years and previously served on a jury.

Moments in History: Judge Jack Weinstein and Mass Tort Litigation

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 00:00
Prominent judges, lawyers, and other associates share their recollections of the legal mastermind behind the Agent Orange class action settlement — U.S. Senior Judge Jack B. Weinstein, of the Eastern District of New York.

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