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Federal Pro Se Clinic in Colorado Helps the Public Navigate Our Federal Courts

Kristen L. Mix
Since 2018, the Colorado Bar Association Federal Pro Se Clinic has been helping people navigate the overwhelming process of filing and pursuing a lawsuit in federal court without a lawyer. Use of the clinic has increased substantially in the time it has been in operation, and all signs point to increasing demand for...

Federal Courts Continue to Tackle the Challenges of Reopening and Restarting Jury Trials amidst Pandemic

Brittany Kauffman
As the whole country grapples with reopening, our federal courts continue their own efforts to respond in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent weeks, we are seeing some federal courthouses slowly expand in-person proceedings as the judiciary also explores reconstituting jury trials.

District of Nevada Is Newest Federal Court to Adopt Short Trial Program

Brittany Kauffman
The District of Nevada adopted a Short Trial Program on March 11, 2013. The Short Trial Rules include the express purpose of expediting "civil trials (both bench trials and jury trials) through procedures designed to control the length of the trial, including, without limitation, restrictions on discovery, the use of...

Western District of Washington's New Local Rules Promote Efficiency for Discovery and Trial

Brittany Kauffman
The Western District of Washington has amended its Local Civil Rules, which include their express purpose of promoting “the just, efficient, speedy, and economical determination of every action and proceeding.” Local Rule 26(f) states that the proportionality standard set forth in Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(2)(C) “must be...