Oral argument is not required for every motion. When it is requested, or the Court desires oral argument, or both, the Court will set return dates and schedule oral argument. Judge Feldman requires courtesy copies of motion papers filed on CM/ECF.
Judge Feldman 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 Feldman instead of filing a formal motion.
Judge Feldman prefers citations per the Blue Book style. If a pro se litigant is on the other side, please include copies of unpublished cases cited in your memorandum of law.
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.
As per General Order #147, fully vaccinated staff, attorneys, jurors, and visitors may choose not to wear a mask in chambers or courtroom. Unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated must wear masks in public spaces, courtroom, and chambers.