Hon. James F. Holderman
The author is chief judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
Judge Heyburn and Professor McGovern’s discussion of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in their article “Evaluating and Improving the MDL Process” provides an insightful analysis of how the process works, why it is needed, and what needs to be done to improve it. Through their alternating dialogue, the authors present a balanced approach. Professor McGovern’s synopses of the surveyed lawyers’ diverse opinions provide appropriate context for Judge Heyburn’s explanations of the MDL panel’s procedures and approaches to the lawyers’ concerns.