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2010 Rep. Advisory Comm. on Civ. Rules 89 (2010)

handle is hein.usfed/adcvru0043 and id is 1 raw text is: COMMITTEE ON RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
OF THE
JUDICIAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED STATES
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20544
LEE H. ROSENTHAL                                                      CHAIRS OF ADVISORY COMMITTEES
CHAIR
JEFFREY S. SUTTON
PETER G. McCABE                                                               APPELLATE RULES
SECRETARY
LAURA TAYLOR SWAIN
BANKRUPTCY RULES
MARK R. KRAVITZ
CIVIL RULES
RICHARD C. TALLMAN
MEMORANDUM                              CRIMINAL RULES
ROBERT L. HINKLE
EVIDENCE RULES
DATE:        May 17, 2010
TO:          Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, Chair, Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and
Procedure
FROM:        Honorable Mark R. Kravitz, Chair, Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure
RE:          Report of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee
Introduction
The Civil Rules Advisory Committee met at the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta,
Georgia, on March 18 and 19, 2010. Draft Minutes of this meeting are attached.
The Committee presents no items for action at this meeting. Several matters on the
Committee agenda are presented for information and possible discussion.
2010 Conference: Introduction
The Committee sponsored a conference at the Duke University School of Law on May 10
and 11. The conference was a resounding success. More than 70 moderators, panelists, and speakers
presented a wide array of views, achieving consensus on some issues and prompting vigorous
discussion of many others. A list of the panels and participants is attached to show the breadth and
depth of experience and talent assembled for the conference. In addition to members of the Civil
Rules Committee, the conference was attended by Standing Committee chair and members
Rosenthal, Colson, Hartz, Huff, Levi, Maledon, and Teilborg, as well as Reporter Coquillette and
consultant Hazard. The other advisory committees also were represented, including Appellate
(Struve), Bankruptcy (Gibson), Criminal (Beale), and Evidence (Hinkle and Fitzwater).
No summary can do justice to the conference. Text messages of congratulations and
appreciation were already being delivered while the conference was under way. The fruits of the
conference itself, and the massive set of papers prepared for it, will command the Civil Rules
Committee's attention, and support its work, for years to come. They also wil.l stimulate work by
many other groups. Responses to the problems and opportunities presented at the conference will
come not only in the Enabling Act process but also in other organizations of the bench and bar that

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