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1 Chambers and Case Management 1 (2009)

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This paper gives you a broad overview of some of your responsibilities as law clerks
related to maintaining a well-run chambers. Such responsibilities include helping
to ensure chambers security; answering telephones and mail; maintaining the
judge's motion, hearing, and trial calendars; and other miscellaneous matters.
Discussing all such duties would, of course, be impossible, and some judges have
chambers manuals detailing how they expect their chambers to operate. Under-
standing and accommodating the judge's preferences is key to maintaining an
efficient chambers, and notwithstanding the general guidance offered in this paper,
you should always follow the particular policies and practices of your judge.
I. Chambers Administration
Effective management is essential to the efficient administration of justice. While
judicial assistants usually have principal responsibility for managing various aspects
of chambers administration, you should be familiar with the standard operating
procedures in your chambers and be available to pitch in when needed. You should
be aware of the following information to help chambers operate smoothly.
A. Security
The safety and security of federal buildings and the people who work in and visit
them is a major concern. Attorneys and other members of the public must display
valid identification and pass through magnetometers to enter most courthouses
and other federal buildings. Courthouse employees may be issued passkeys, ena-
bling them to enter the courthouse without passing through metal detectors and to
access secured, nonpublic sectors of the building, including judges' chambers.
Employees may also have after-hours and weekend access to the building through
use of such passkeys, which should be kept in a secure place and reported immedi-
ately if lost. All courthouse employees should carefully follow security procedures
and report potential problems to appropriate authorities.
This paper is based on portions of the Chambers Handbook for Judges'Law Clerks and Secretar-
ies (Federal Judicial Center 1994). It was adapted by Judge Barbara J. Rothstein, the Center's director,
in 2005 and updated in January 2009.


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