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Pioneering Federal Judge Speaks About the Effects of Her Order on Speaking Roles for NextGen Lawyers

U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn, the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, is a pioneer in incentivizing law firms to give oral advocacy opportunities to young lawyers. Around 10 years ago, Judge Lynn issued an order “strongly [encouraging] litigants to be mindful of opportunities for young lawyers to conduct […]

Rising to the Challenge: Junior Attorneys in the Courtroom (Michael Rader, New York Law Journal)

Michael Radler’s article in the New York Law Journal provides another interesting and insightful take on providing opportunities for junior attorneys to participate in meaningful trial advocacy. Mr. Radler expresses the view that allowing junior attorneys an opportunity to argue a motion in court or cross-examining a witness at trial not only ensures that there will be […]

Junior Attorneys Argue Post-Trial Briefing Before Judge Kronstadt

Junior Attorneys Argue Post-Trial Briefing Before Judge Kronstadt On March 6, 2017, second year associate, Oliver Richards, and seventh year associate, Joanna Fuller, argued post-trial motions before Judge Kronstadt in the Central District of California. The case began in 2013 when CH2O, a water treatment company, sued competitor Meras Engineering for infringing ITS patent on […]

Judge Alsup renewed his plea for parties to allow junior attorneys to participate in oral arguments

Friday August 12, Judge Alsup renewed his plea for parties to allow junior attorneys to participate in oral arguments and gain courtroom experience. His admonition came in the midst of a heated battle between Oracle and Google as counsel argued whether or not Oracle’s Java code can be copyrighted. A jury trial in May resulted […]

Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference

Litigation is not what it used to be. The vast majority of lawsuits tend to settle rather than go to trial, due in part to high cost and the rise of alternative dispute resolution. This “vanishing trial” trend, first coined by Professor Marc Galanter in 2003,[1] means less than 1% of civil cases filed in the […]

Notices of Argument by Junior Lawyers

Though Judicial Orders play a key role in creating opportunities for junior lawyers, trial lawyers can also initiate the discussion with the court. We have advocated for lawyers to raise the topic in case management conferences, pre-trial conferences and other conferences focused on how the case or trial will be managed. Even without a conference […]