Courtroom Deputy: Giuseppe A. Ippolito
Law Clerks: David R. Hayes, Sr.
Communications with Chambers:
Unless the Court directs otherwise, any request for action by the Court must be filed in CM/ECF as a motion. Per Local Civil Rule 7(a)(2)(C), motions to exceed page limits may be filed in PDF letter format. Motions for adjournments may be filed in PDF letter format but must indicate the position of opposing counsel and must propose several substitute dates. All other motions must comply with Federal Civil Rule 7(b) and Local Civil Rule 7(a).
All attorneys of record must register their email addresses with the Clerk’s Office to receive Notices of Electronic Filing (NEFs) from CM/ECF. NEFs are presumed received when issued and are the attorneys’ responsibility. The Court recommends that attorneys add at least one other person’s email address to their CM/ECF accounts—e.g., a secretary, paralegal, or co-attorney—to ensure receipt of NEFs.
The Court will issue a scheduling order for all substantive motions, and for procedural motions where needed. Parties represented by counsel must provide courtesy copies of all motions other than motions to exceed page limits and motions to adjourn.
Parties may cite to either Westlaw or LexisNexis for unpublished cases. The Court prefers the Bluebook™ citation format, but any nationally published system of legal citation is acceptable as long as it facilitates retrieval of cited materials and is used consistently.
Due to the decline of trials, opportunities to train junior lawyers in courtroom skills have become increasingly rare. Accordingly, where junior lawyers are familiar with the matter under consideration, but are not experienced in arguing before a court, they should be encouraged to actively participate. In such circumstances, where it creates an opportunity for a junior lawyer to argue, the Court is amenable to permitting more than one lawyer to argue for one party.
When developing a proposed discovery plan under Federal Civil Rule 26(f), attorneys should use the following guideposts unless they show good cause for other arrangements: