Judicial Assistant: Kimberly A. Hardies
Courtroom Deputy Clerk: Catherine A. Marr
Law Clerk: Christin Murphy Cornetta
Parties may request oral argument on any motion, and the Court will schedule argument when it determines that argument may be helpful to resolution of the motion. Judge Payson requires courtesy copies of motion papers filed in CM/ECF.
Judge Payson follows the requirements of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. When parties agree on a request for an extension, they should send a letter request to Judge Payson. A formal motion is not necessary. All letter requests should be sent by mail, facsimile or hand delivery.
For conferences in civil matters, parties may request to participate via telephone by submitting a letter request to chambers in advance of the conference. All letter requests should be sent by mail, facsimile or hand delivery.
The Court strongly encourages litigants to permit more junior members of the litigation team to examine witnesses at trial and hearings, and to appear for oral argument before the Court. Indeed, in those instances where the Court is inclined to rule on the papers, a representation that the argument would be handled by a more junior lawyer will weigh in favor of holding oral argument. In addition, under circumstances where the more junior attorney is permitted to present the argument to the Court, the Court will entertain reasonable requests for the more senior attorney to supplement any argument that is made. The Court believes it is crucial to provide substantive speaking opportunities to young lawyers, and that the benefits of doing so will accrue to all members of the profession and their clients. Thus, the Court encourages all lawyers practicing before it to keep this goal in mind. It is the way one generation will teach the next to try cases and to maintain our district’s reputation for excellence in trial practice.