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April 2, 2018

The Center's report on research and education activities in 2017, submitted to the Judicial Conference of the United States as required by statute.

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February 2, 2018
Sydney Finkelstein, Lori A. Murphy, Michael E. Siegel

The FJC is introducing a new audio podcast designed to bring cutting-edge thinking about public and private-sector leadership to the attention of judiciary executives. Each episode will include a conversation with one or more thought leaders whose research and expertise are relevant to the work of executives in the federal courts.

January 16, 2018

This record is a temporary holding place for some of the documents that are referenced on Federal Judicial Center 50th Anniversary Website.

December 5, 2017

This package of materials was transmitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on October 4, 2017, concerning amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure to become effective on December 1, 2018.

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October 30, 2017

With the goal of fostering stronger cooperation between the Hawaiian federal and state judicial systems when dealing with the concurrent supervision of offenders, the United States Probation Office for the District of Hawaii, the Adult Client Services Branch of the Hawaii Judiciary, and the Hawaii Paroling Authority entered into the attached Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 

October 26, 2017
Susan M. Thurston, Dana McWay, Katherine B. Gullo

Three clerks of court share their courts’ experiences with Chapter 9 cases. In a practical and less formal manner, these commentaries supplement material presented in the Navigating Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code. Discussants are Susan Thurston (Bankr. D.R.I.), Dana McWay (Bankr. E.D. Mo.), and Katherine Gullo (Bankr. E.D. Mich.).

Related videos are available in the Chapter 9 Online Repository.

July 27, 2017

The Goldfarb Center and the Maine Federal–State Judicial Council collaborated to produce the video Conversations with Maine Judges to help Maine teachers introduce their students to how courts and judges work. The video draws on interviews mostly of recently retired federal judges and justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The accompanying study guide was produced by Freeport High School social studies teacher Hank Ogilby. Both of these can viewed or downloaded by following links below.

July 27, 2017

The Advisory Group to the New York State–Federal Judicial Council completed a best practices document on interpreters in federal and New York state courts that was approved on May 18, 2015 by the New York State–Federal Judicial Council. That document is presented here as part of a set of CLE materials on vulnerable populations. 

The Federal Judicial Center did not contribute to this document. It is presented as an example of work from a state–federal judicial council.

July 27, 2017

The Advisory Group to the New York State–Federal Judicial Council analyzed New York State and federal courts’ treatment of prelitigation conduct involving the creation, retention, and destruction of electronically stored information (ESI) to determine whether the courts were consistent and harmonious when addressing these issues.

July 26, 2017

Notice of Meeting for State–Federal Judicial Council of ____________ (state)

To: ______________  (name and email address of judge)

Subject: State–Federal Judicial Council of_________  (state)


A meeting of members of the State–Federal Judicial Council of _____ (state) will be held on _____ (date of meeting) at ___________  (time of meeting) at ________ (location of meeting).

The agenda for the meeting will include the following items:








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