Lawyers Conference (LC)

The LC is the Judicial Division’s home for lawyers, law professors, law students and other legal professionals interested in working closely with judges on advancing the judicial administration.

A Brainstorming Session: Using Special Masters To Help Courts Deal with the Challenges of the Pandemic

Join the ABA Judicial Division Lawyers Conference in a virtual roundtable discussion of judges and ADR professionals to discuss how court needs might be met through using special masters and begin to outline concrete solutions.

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2019-2020 Committee Enrollment Open

Get involved in the Lawyers Conference through our committees! Terms begin on September 1st, and end on August 31st. There is no fee to join a committee. You must be a current member of the LC to enroll.

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Gavel Talks Podcast - Introduction to Special Masters

Executive Committee Member and Special Masters Committee Chair Merril Hirsh describes Special Masters and how they assist courts.

Follow Up Episode

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Complimentary Magazine for Student Members

LC law student members have access to our "Judicial Clerkship Forum: A Conversation with 12 Judges" magazine. Get the inside scoop from the judges of the Judicial Division.

Special Master Case Studies by Dr. Barbara Meierhoefer

These case studies describe in detail how special masters were used in the pretrial phase of three complex cases, one involving alleged misappropriation of trade secrets in the Superior Court of Georgia and two health insurance merger cases in Federal district court in the District of Columbia. Each case study presents practical information about the process, and describes the advantages and disadvantages of involving a special master from the perspectives of the judges and attorneys.

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The report is a product of the Lawyers Conference Committee on Special Masters, which hopes to add similar studies to promote the appropriate use of special masters. If you have a case that would make a good addition, please contact Committee Chair, Merril Hirsh at


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