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December 1, 2011
Emery G. Lee

The Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ("JPML") asked the Federal Judicial Center to survey transferee judges in multidistrict litigation proceedings about their experiences in coordinating with state judges. The purpose of the survey was to provide the committee and the JPML with information to assist in the development of practical resources to facilitate coordination between federal and state parallel proceedings in complex litigation.

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January 1, 2010
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January 1, 2010
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January 1, 2009
Thomas E. Baker

A Primer on the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Courts of Appeals provides an introduction to the complexity and nuance in the subject-matter jurisdiction of the U.S. Courts of Appeals. The monograph examines procedural issues related to the exercise of appellate jurisdiction in appeals from final judgments and interlocutory appeals. Coverage includes civil and criminal appeals, extraordinary writs, and federal administrative agency reviews.

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January 1, 2008
Kathryn R. Urbonya, Martin A. Schwartz

Section 1983 Litigation, Section Edition analyzes the fundamental issues that arise in litigation under 42 U.S.C. - 1983, and the case law interpreting those issues. This edition contains new sections on jury instructions and the Rooker-Feldman Doctrine, new material on retaliatory prosecutions, and expanded coverage on jurisdiction. Research for this edition concluded with the October 2007 Supreme Court term and covers courts of appeals decisions reported through June 30, 2008.

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December 17, 2005
Thomas E. Willging, Shannon R. Wheatman

This article presents attorney responses to a national random survey of 728 attorneys who represented plaintiffs and defendants in 621 recently closed class action cases. Those cases had been filed in or removed to federal courts, and the article focuses on attorneys' reasons for choosing a state or federal forum. The article also tracks the differences in rulings in state and federal courts on class certification, motions to dismiss, settlement review, and attorney fee awards in a subset of the 621 cases.

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March 1, 1998

In this issue:

  • The Amistad Case and the Federal Courts
  • Documenting the Careers of Federal Judges

The Court Historian was an occasional newsletter (discontinued) from the Federal Judicial History Office.

All issues published from 1989 to 1998.

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June 1, 1996
Joe S. Cecil
Letter to the Chair of the Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure regarding current research plans in the area of the committee's rulemaking authority under 28 USC § 1292(e).
August 1, 1993
Paul D. Carrington, John Clifford Wallace, William W Schwarzer, Nancy E. Weiss, Alan Hirsch, Ellen A. Peters, Edward B. McConnell, Victor E. Flango, Maria Gibson

This issue of FJC Directions provides highlights of the papers presented at the National Conference on State-Federal Judicial Relationships, held in April 1992, and of the discussions the papers prompted. Included are summaries of participants' ideas, of the keynote address, and of panel commentary on the address; a discussion of planning using the National Judicial Council of State and Federal Courts; results of a survey on state-federal administrative cooperation nationwide. In this issue of FJC Directions:

June 16, 1993
James M. Wagstaffe

Videotaped presentation to newly appointed district judges on federal subject-matter jurisdiction. Provides a detailed discussion of the four types of federal jurisdiction: federal question, diversity, removal, and supplemental.


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