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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Ninth Circuit Conference at Arizona

Ualaw A conference on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is to be held at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law in Tucson, September 30 - October 1 2005, is intended to provide a more in-depth understanding of the functioning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the court of appeals responsible for the largest proportion of federal appellate caseload. The emphasis of the conference will be on process and decision-making in the court of appeals. The court of appeals’ operation will be placed in the context of the other circuits.

Chief Judge Mary Schroeder has been invited to provide a keynote address. That will be followed by five sessions, at which presentations will be made by judges, law professors, political scientists, and lawyers. The topics of the sessions will be:

selection of court of appeals judges

caseload and aspects of case-processing, including case screening; use of "unpublished" dispositions; and use of visiting judges

the en banc process: purposes of en banc review and how they are served by the Ninth Circuit’s "limited" en banc

reversals by the Supreme Court; and

how the court of appeals looks to lawyers and the media.

A thoughtful examination of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will help provide a more solid basis for evaluating proposals to change the way it does business or to divide the circuit, although circuit reorganization will not be the focus of the conference.

The conference organizers are Professor Stephen L. Wasby, Political Science, University at Albany; Professor Arthur D. Hellman, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; and Dean Toni Massaro, University of Arizona Law School.

For information about conference details, contact Donna Ream, Program Coordinator, 520-626-2400 or ream@law.arizona.edu [Jack Chin]

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