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February 2, 2016
Robert Timothy Reagan, Margaret S. Williams, Marie Leary, Catherine R. Borden, Jessica L. Snowden, Patricia D. Breen, Jason A. Cantone

United States v. Alabama (W. Keith Watkins, M.D. Ala. 2:06-cv-392)
The Attorney General sued to enforce Alabama’s compliance with the Help America Vote Act’s requirements for voter registration databases. The judge appointed the governor as a special master to order compliance.
Topics: Help America Vote Act (HAVA); special master.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.

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February 25, 2015
August 27, 2012
Robert Timothy Reagan, Margaret S. Williams, Marie Leary, Catherine R. Borden, Jessica L. Snowden, Patricia D. Breen, Jason A. Cantone

Bennett v. Mollis (William E. Smith, D.R.I. 1:08-cv-468)
Because of a printing error, some ballots included the name of a candidate that had withdrawn from the race. After a mathematical analysis of how many votes the error could have cost the plaintiffs’ candidate, with the help of a political science professor as a technical advisor, the district judge denied the plaintiffs relief.
Subject: Voting irregularities. Topics: Election errors; special master; enjoining certification; intervention.

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March 25, 2009
Jay P. Kesan, Gwendolyn G. Ball

Report of a study of the use of special masters in patent litigation.

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January 1, 2004
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August 9, 2000
Thomas E. Willging, Laural L. Hooper, Marie Leary, D. Dean P. Miletich, Robert Timothy Reagan, John E. Shapard

The Special Masters' Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference asked the Center to examine how often judges appointed special masters and what functions they asked masters to perform. This report documents the incidence of recent special master consideration and appointment. The authors found that such activity was rare and occurred primarily in high-stakes cases that were especially complex. Party initiative, consent, or acquiescence provided the foundation for appointments and the basis for authorizing activities not contemplated by Rule 53.

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January 1, 1994
Margaret G. Farrell

Offers suggestions for the use of special masters pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 53.

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January 1, 1979
Vincent M. Nathan

An analysis of the sources of authority for the appointment of masters. Reprint of 10 Toledo Law Review 419 (Winter 1979).

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