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The Court requests that courtesy copies of all motion papers be provided to Chambers.
Unless the Court previously provided a date, notices of motion should not contain return dates. The Court will set a briefing schedule for all responses and replies. Sur-replies will not be accepted unless ordered by the Court.
The Court will schedule oral argument if necessary. Parties requesting oral argument should so state in their notice of motion or responding papers.
Counsel should refer to the Local Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure regarding briefing schedules (see Local Rule of Civil Procedure 7(b) and Local Rule of Criminal Procedure 12(b)).
Admission ceremonies usually are held on the first Monday of each month, subject to changes in the court calendar.
A schedule may be modified only for good cause and with the Court’s consent.
Counsel may submit letter requests for an adjournment or extension of time only if the request is made at least five days before the deadline and only with the consent of opposing counsel. Otherwise, a motion for an adjournment or extension of time must be filed with the Court.
The participation of relatively inexperienced attorneys in all court proceedings—including conferences, oral arguments, hearings, and trials—is strongly encouraged.
Of course, any attorney who appears in court should have the authority and experience necessary for the proceeding. For example, an attorney attending a scheduling conference should have the authority to commit his or her client to a schedule and should be prepared to address other matters likely to arise, such as whether the Court should schedule a settlement conference before the assigned Magistrate Judge. And when a relatively inexperienced attorney needs supervision at a court proceeding to ensure that the client is represented competently, a supervising attorney should be present.
But the Court will permit—and encourages—relatively inexperienced attorneys to handle or participate in proceedings on their own or supervised by more experienced attorneys, as appropriate. Toward that end, the Court will permit split arguments, with both a relatively inexperienced attorney and a more experienced attorney allowed to speak.