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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 Federal Rules of Evidence (January 2016) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Federal Rules of Evidence

Letter to Congressional leaders on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123) and the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3713) (December 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Sentencing Reform

Should Patent Jurisdiction be Removed from the Jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit and Returned to Regional Court of Appeal? (July 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Federal Circuit 

For the full list of committee reports click here

Of Interest

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