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Hon. Michael J. Roemer

 

Hon. Michael J. Roemer
United States Magistrate Judge
Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse

2 Niagara Square
Buffalo, New York 14202
TEL: (716) 551-1630

 

 

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:  Rosalie A. Zavarella
 
Law Clerks: Molly L. Miranda
                  Jeffrey T. Fiut

 

 

MOTIONS

 

     Unless previously provided with a date by the Court, motions shall not contain return dates. 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.

 

REQUESTS FOR ADJOURNMENTS OR ENLARGEMENTS OF TIME

 

     When the parties agree on a request for an adjournment or enlargement of time, a formal motion is not required. Instead, the party seeking an adjournment or enlargement of time should send a letter request to Judge Roemer stating that the parties have consented to the extension. All such requests shall also indicate the number of prior extensions or adjournments. If seeking to extend a criminal appearance or deadline, such request shall address the exclusion of time from the Speedy Trial Act calendar. If the request is not on consent of both parties, a formal motion shall be filed.

 

DISCOVERY DISPUTES

 

     If a discovery dispute arises, the parties shall initially advise the Court of the dispute via letter (with copy to opposing counsel). Upon review of the letter, Judge Roemer will generally schedule a conference with the parties to attempt to settle the dispute informally. If the dispute is not resolved informally, the parties will have the opportunity to file a formal motion. This informal discovery dispute process is not expedited motion practice. Therefore, letter submissions should provide a brief overview of the issue with supporting documentation and the parties' position. Parties do not waive arguments by failing to raise them in their letter submissions. If a dispute arises during the taking of a deposition that cannot be resolved by the parties, the parties are permitted to contact chambers via telephone from the location of the deposition. If available, Judge Roemer will hear from each side and resolve the dispute at that time.

 

PARTICIPATION BY TELEPHONE

 

     It is Judge Roemer's preference that parties attend all Court proceedings in-person. Requests to appear by telephone will be considered in special circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. Parties wishing to appear by telephone are to submit a letter request to chambers in advance of the appearance.

 

STYLE GUIDE FOR MEMORANDA OF LAW

 

     Judge Roemer prefers citations per the Blue Book style. If a pro se litigant is on the other side, please include copies of any unpublished cases cited in your memorandum of law.

 

COMMUNICATIONS WITH CHAMBERS

 

     Judge Roemer accepts letter submissions via mail, hand delivery, or email. Email submissions should be sent to: roemer@nywd.uscourts.gov.

 



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