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Episode 1: An interview with Sydney Finkelstein, Steven Roth Professor of Management, faculty director for the Tuck Center for Leadership at Dartmouth College, and author of Why Smart Executives Fail: And What You Can Learn from Their Mistakes.

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A brief overview of the United States federal court system and a discussion of the work performed by three categories of personnel: judicial (magistrate and bankruptcy judges); legal (law clerks and staff attorneys); and administrative (clerks of court and circuit executives). This paper was presented at the Seminar on the Management of the Assistant Personnel to Judges, Changzhou, China, November 22 - 26, 2004.

A brief overview of the United States federal court system and a discussion of the work performed by three categories of personnel: judicial (magistrate and bankruptcy judges); legal (law clerks and staff attorneys); and administrative (clerks of court and circuit executives). This paper was presented at the Seminar on the Management of the Assistant Personnel to Judges, Changzhou, China, November 22 - 26, 2004. A Mandarin Chinese translation of this paper is available here.

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A report prepared for the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal under the title: Administration of the Federal Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980: Final Report. The report is in three parts: (1) a description of the appellate courts' processes for handling conduct and disability matters; (2) a discussion of data on the effects of the Act that the authors collected from interviewing chief circuit judges, circuit executives, and clerks of court, reviewing complaints and orders, and examining statistical data from the AO; and (3) a summary of chief circuit judges' assessments of the value of the Act and suggestions for change. The report presents the views of chief judges on the impactor lack of impactof the 1980 Act on judicial independence.

Reprinted from 142 University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 25-207 (1994).

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A description of the evolution of the circuit executive position. The author, a longtime federal personnel executive and observer, considered the extent to which expectations for the executives' role in the administration of justice were realized and offered recommendations for further development of that role.

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An early report on a study of the role and functions of circuit executives. The authors describe the birth of the circuit executive concept and its legislative history, assess the impact of circuit executives on federal judicial administration and provide a systematic review of the strong and weak points of the various circuits' experiences under the Circuit Executive Act.

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This guidebook contains suggestions and examples of functions that can be performed by circuit executives to assist in improving the operation of the U.S. Courts and to reduce the administrative burdens of judges. This initial issue is both tentative and preliminary. It serves as a starting point for the development of circuit executive functions.

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