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Federal Courts Committee

The Federal Courts Committee addresses substantive and procedural issues relating to the practice of law in the federal courts. Recent areas of the Committee's focus include: judicial vacancies and nominations; electronic discovery; amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure; application of federal sentencing guidelines in fraud cases; and settlement and mediation. Members of the Committee also serve as liaisons to the Judiciary Committee, the Council on Judicial Administration, and the Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law. In addition, the Committee periodically publishes a Handbook for Appeals to the Second Circuit.


Recent Reports

Report on Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (February 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Report on the Federal Judiciary Budget 2014 (December 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Federal Judiciary Budget

Report on Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (April 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Settlements

For the full list of committee reports click here


Of Interest

Video: Henry Friendly: Greatest Judge of His Era (October 3, 2013)