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September 2011

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Juror Appreciation Night Honors Service to Country

On August 31, federal and state jurors and their families were invited to Juror Appreciation Night as guests of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.

Jury Appreciation Quiz

Judicial Conference Approves Standards & Procedures for Sealing Civil Cases

Among the recommendations approved at the September meeting, the Judicial Conference adopted a national policy encouraging federal courts to limit those instances in which they seal entire civil case files.

Judicial Conference Honors Departing Director Duff

The Judicial Conference expressed its appreciation for departing AO Director Jim Duff’s service to the federal Judiciary.

Resolution Recognizes FJC Director Rothstein's Leadership

Judge Barbara Rothstein has served as Director of the Federal Judicial Center since 2003. A Judicial Conference resolution recognized her leadership with “appreciation, admiration and respect.”

"Quick Hit" List of Cost Containment Ideas Approved

In August 2011, the Judicial Conference Executive Committee endorsed a number of cost-containment ideas, proposed by Conference committees and advisory councils.

9-11 Commemoration

On the 10-year anniversary of 9-11, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York remembered the sacrifices made that day by local firemen.

Restyled Rules of Evidence

The Federal Rules of Evidence had their first top to bottom restyling since they were enacted 36 years ago. Now, they’re simpler, easier to understand —and award winning.

Publication Highlights Ethical Obligations of Law Clerks

The ethical obligations of federal law clerks are detailed in an updated booklet, the latest addition in the ongoing ethics training and information provided to all levels of the federal Judiciary.

From the Hill to the Court to the Commission

An Interview with the chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Judge Patti B. Saris.

Latest Step in BNC's Evolution Will Translate to Savings

A simple formatting change to the Judiciary’s electronic bankruptcy noticing program is expected to create substantial savings in noticing and postage costs.

CCAM Module and Cash Receipting

With the implementation of the Civil Criminal Accounting Module in July, for the first time all 94 district courts are using the same system and following the same business practice for performing civil criminal accounting and cash receipting.

Judicial Milestones

Judicial Boxscore