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Litigation, published four times a year, is the preeminent journal in the field. The publication offers practical yet lively information on common problems and interests for the lawyers who try cases and the judges who decide them. All members of the Section of Litigation receive Litigation. To subscribe, join the Section today.

Litigation: Spring 2004Vol. 30, No.3, Spring 2004: Relationships

Opening Statement: Trial Rescue  |  PDF
Patricia Lee Refo

It is time to rescue the civil trial. From the Section’s tremendously successful project this year on the “Vanishing Trial,” we have learned that the absolute number of trials in federal courts has been in decline—dramatic decline—for a number of years. Our federal district courts actually conducted fewer civil trials in 2002 that in 1962, despite five times more civil filings, many more judges, and a lot more lawyers.…


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