New Federal Circuit Judge & a New Rule for SDNY E-filing

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Congratulations to Raymond Chen on his Senate confirmation as the Federal Circuit’s newest  judge, given Thursday, August 1st.

Judge Chen began his commission August 2nd, and is currently the youngest federal appellate court judge in the nation. Judge Chen most recently held the position of deputy general counsel for intellectual property law and solicitor for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

New Efiling Rule in Southern District, NY

It’s a good day for the legal community in New York, where the U.S. Southern District Court took an important step toward improving trial court work, and preserving the record. Effective September 3rd, the Southern District Court will accept letters and motion letters electronically. According to the Court’s news release, updates to its Electronic Case Filing Rules & Instructions will permit letters addressed to judges, including certain letter motions, to be filed electronically. (Local Civil Rule 7.1(d))

The New York Law Journal’s Mark Hamblett reports that the bar has long awaited this rule change in the Court, and gave positive feedback during the public comment period. Clerk of Court for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Catherine O’Hagan Wolfe, noted that “the filing of letters on the docket will be helpful and, as a practical matter, it’s a labor saving strategy.”

Having a complete record of case activity should a matter go to appeal is also very desirable for litigators. An insightful comment on the new rule allowing e-filing of letters came from Judge Furman, who helped draft the rule change: “Hurricane Sandy pointed to the need for continuity of operations— judges receive reassigned cases and everything in the case should be available for viewing.”

 About the author:  Justine Flaherty is a freelance writer and editor specializing in web content sine 2008. A lifelong learner, Justine is driven by her curiosity for all things containing a human element, especially education and the law. Connect with her on Google Plus


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