Federal Reform

There has been a focused effort to address the problems with civil litigation in our federal courts over the last seven years, dating back to the 2010 Conference on Civil Litigation at Duke Law School and culminating in significant amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that went into effect on December 1, 2015. There are also numerous federal pilot projects and other innovations at the federal level, including the Initial Discovery Protocols for Employment Cases Alleging Adverse Action.

We have monitored these efforts, and contributed to them, and will continue to do so as we enter into a new phase focused on implementation of the rule amendments, education of the bench and bar, and new pilot projects. We will continue to track federal efforts through our Action on the Ground map, which provides a visual illustration of this activity.

With the assistance of IAALS, diverse groups of lawyers worked to develop case-specific discovery protocols and initial disclosures.
On December 1, 2015, significant amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect focused on cooperation, proportionality, and...
The Action on the Ground map provides a visual representation of the various pilot projects and rules reform efforts around the country.
Dec 5, 2013 to Dec 6, 2013
IAALS hosted a Forum for a small group of stakeholders from around the country for the purpose of gathering comments on the proposed federal rules...
Nov 13, 2014 to Nov 14, 2014
IAALS convened a group of senior in-house counsel and corporate management from around the country to discuss the challenges surrounding discovery in...

Recent Blog Posts

Talking about civil justice reform only gets us so far. The key to change is taking concrete steps on the ground and implementing practical solutions...
A recent study conducted for Voices for Civil Justice, with support from the Public Welfare Foundation, found that voters strongly favor reform of...
Last year the Civil Rules Advisory Committee took up the topic of Rule 30(b)(6) depositions following the submittal of a letter by members of the...