2 Third Branch 1 (1970)

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A Bulletin of the Federal Courts
Vol. 2, No. 1, March 1970
Seminars Highlight Activities at FJC

Innovations Mark
District Judges Seminar
The Ninth Seminar for Newly Appointed District Judges
was held at the Center January 23-31, 1970. Thirty-two
participants attended, including an observer, His Excellency
Ricardo Galvez, from Santiago, Chile.
Curriculum Varied
For nine days the student judges and discussion leaders
investigated in depth the role of the trial judge on the bench
and off. Among the major topics discussed were: pretrial
procedures, the omnibus hearing, trial, bail, sentencing, post
conviction remedies, multidistrict litigation, and the three-
judge court. In addition, the related topics of judicial ethics,
circuit-district court relations and the Magistrates Act were
covered. The most current and controversial topic considered
was the handling of the difficult defendant. The discussion was
led by Chief Judge Frank W. Wilson of Tennessee, Judge
Edwin A. Robson of Chicago and Judge Lloyd E. MacMahon
of New York. The discussion, which lasted an entire afternoon,
concentrated on developing methods to handle attempts to
avoid trial, streamling the case itself, and preparing in advance
for possible trouble during trial. This discussion provoked the
liveliest dialogue at the seminar as to the best method and
technique to handle the problems that arise. However, there
was general agreement that although a case may have its own
unique difficulties, there are certain steps that can be taken to
insure the proper administration of justice.
In order to give the judges an opportunity to hear special
presentations on substantive law, the Director initiated a
program of electives which the participants had selected
themselves. These included lectures on Admiralty by Judge
John F. Dooling, Jr.; Patent-Copyright by Judge Giles S. Rich;
and Antitrust by Judge Gerhard Gessel.
So that the judges might initially become acquainted
with their brethren, a reception for the judges and their ladies
was held on the first evening at the Dolley Madison House,
with The Chief Justice and Mrs. Burger also in attendance. On
the following Monday evening the group enjoyed a buffet
served in the Thomas Jefferson Room of the State Depart-
ment.
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Circuit Judges Attend Seminars
Two identical seminars for appellate judges, including
those from the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Court of Claims
and the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, were held in
February. It was a first for the Circuit Judges, no such
seminar ever having been held previously, and the total
number attending represented half of the active judges from
these courts. The seminars, which were held Feb. 19-21 and
26-28, at the Center, had a basic theme of administration and
organization of the courts. Topics discussed included the right
of appeal, handling pro se appeals, the function of the
presiding judge, control of the docket, disposition of appeals,
opinion writing, administration of the courts, use of law
clerks, circuit-district court relations and the function of the
Judicial Council. In each case the emphasis was placed on the
most efficient method that could be used to expedite the
appeal. The Circuit Court faculty included representatives
from the clerks' offices, the bar, and the academic community,
which allowed for a wide divergence in point of view and
permitted greater exploration into the various problems that
are confronting the federal circuit courts today.
As an added attraction, there were guest speakers at the
two luncheons held during each seminar. At the first session,
James S. Campbell, who served as General Counsel to the
Eisenhower Commission on Violence, spoke to the judges on
the subject of Violent Crime and Criminal Justice. At the
second luncheon of both seminars, attended by both the
judges and their wives, the guest speaker was former Director
of the Office for Civil Rights at HEW, Leon E. Panetta: His
talk primarily covered the problems of civil rights in the
educational field. At the second seminar, Lloyd N. Cutler,
Executive Director of the National Commission on the Causes
and Prevention of Violence, spoke on various proposals to
strengthen criminal justice.
Receptions
On the first evening of both seminars a reception was
held. The first week it was at the Dolley Madison House, with
Mr. Justice Clark and Mrs. Clark as hosts. The second week
Judge and Mrs. Harold Leventhal hosted a reception for the
judges at their home. Among the invited guests present were
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