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The United States District Court for the District of Delaware announced today that the Honorable Gregory M. Sleet will become a Senior United States District Court Judge as of May 1, 2017, and intends to render substantial judicial service in that role going forward.

The Court’s official announcement regarding Judge Sleet can be viewed HERE.

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The United States District Court for the District of Delaware announced today that, coinciding with the celebration of her birthday, the Honorable Sue L. Robinson has become a Senior United States District Court Judge. Judge Robinson intends to serve the District of Delaware as a Senior Judge until this summer.

The Court, in light of Judge Robinson’s new role, will be modifying case assignment practices effective immediately. Specifically, Judge Robinson will not receive new criminal or civil case assignments. Until the vacancy left by Judge Robinson is filled, some civil cases will be assigned to a “Vacant Judgeship” and referred to one of Magistrate Judges Thynge, Burke, or Fallon, who will have full authority to manage the Vacant Judgeship docket to the extent permitted by law. As needed, cases on Judge Robinson’s docket or the Vacant Judgeship docket will be reassigned to one of the active District Judges.

The Court’s official announcement outlining these changes can be viewed HERE.

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The agenda for the District of Delaware 2016 Bench and Bar Conference has been released and is available below. To register for the conference, please visit this link. To reserve a hotel room at the discounted conference rate, please visit this link. We hope to see you on May 19 and 20!

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Registration is now open for the 2016 District of Delaware Bench & Bar Conference May 19-20, 2016 at the Chase Center on the Wilmington, Delaware Riverfront.  To register, click here. 

The program will include nationally recognized practitioners and federal judges speaking on cutting edge issues in Bankruptcy, Criminal, and Intellectual Property law.  Confirmed speakers include judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third and Federal Circuits; United States Courts for the Districts of Delaware, New Jersey, Eastern and Western Pennsylvania, Eastern and Northern Texas, and California; United States Bankruptcy Court for the Districts of Delaware and Southern New York; as well as nationally respected practitioners from the public and private sectors.  The program will conclude with a panel of former Solicitors General discussing high stakes litigation in federal court.  An updated agenda will available at defba.org in the coming weeks.

We hope to see you in May!

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware is seeking public comment on proposed revised local rules of practice and procedure.  The proposed amendments were recommended by the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, and approved by the Court.

A copy of the proposed rules may be accessed here.

Per the Court’s Public Notice, all comments and suggestions with respect to the Rule revisions should be forwarded to the Office of the Clerk at the addresses below, no later than April 1, 2016:

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On May 19 and 20, 2016 the District of Delaware and the Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will co-host the District’s Second Bench and Bar Conference.   This year’s Bench and Bar Conference will be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, located in downtown Wilmington, DE. Lodging for out-of-town guests will be reserved at a discounted rate at the Westin Hotel, which is adjacent to the Chase Center. The Bench and Bar Conference will include plenary CLE sessions, as well as breakout CLE sessions in the areas of Intellectual Property, Bankruptcy, and Criminal Law.

Additional information will be forthcoming over the next few months.

 

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As we previously reported, the Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the District of Delaware will hold the first Bench and Bar Conference in Wilmington, Delaware on May 7-8, 2015.  Participants can register HERE.

The Conference offers 9 hours of CLE credits, featuring district and appellate judges from across the country, as well as nationally-recognized speakers from both the private and public sectors.  The Conference also includes an event Thursday night at Winterthur Museum and Gardens (featuring garden tours, a cocktail reception, dinner, and live entertainment).

For more information, the Conference brochure is included below:

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The Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association announced today that the first District of Delaware Bench and Bar Conference will be held on May 7-8, 2015 at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware.  The event will feature judges from the District of Delaware, Third Circuit, and Federal Circuit; as well as other distinguished speakers.  More details regarding the program agenda and events, such as dinner at Winterthur, will follow over the next few weeks.

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Today, the District of Delaware and Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association announced a call for applications for the 2015 Federal Trial Practice Seminar.  As a 2013 graduate of the program, I highly recommend submitting an application.   Participation is open to members and non-members of the FBA.  See the below message from the FBA and attached flyer for more information.

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Dear FBA Members,

The United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (“FBA”) are pleased to announce the 2015 Federal Trial Practice Seminar.

The Seminar is an instructional trial practice program designed for lawyers who have less than 10 years of experience as a practicing attorney, but who have an interest in regularly litigating in the District Court.  Applicants who are admitted to the Seminar will participate in instructional sessions on topics including Opening Statements, Closing Statements, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Motions In Limine and Courtroom Presentation and Demeanor.

The Seminar sessions, to be held in April, May and June 2015, will involve both: (1) instruction from nationally-recognized speakers who have frequently litigated in the District Court and (2) hands-on training sessions, including a mock-trial-style format, in which the participants will apply what they have learned from the speakers.  These weekly sessions will also be attended by Judges of the District Court and a group of program mentors, all of whom have extensive trial practice experience in the District Court.  Seminar participants will also obtain Continuing Legal Education credit (including Ethics-related credit) and will have additional opportunities to interact with the District Court judges, the speakers and the program mentors outside of these sessions.  There is no cost to participate in the Seminar, which is open to both members and non-members of the FBA.  A complete Seminar description is attached to this e-mail.  Additional information about the seminar can be found on the District Court’s website , including a video which describes the program and the experience of the participants.  The video can also be viewed at the following link.

Those interested in applying for the Seminar should submit a resume and a letter of interest by January 9, 2015 to The Honorable Christopher J. Burke. Applications should be sent by e-mail at: FTPS2015@ded.uscourts.gov.  Any questions can be directed to the Seminar co-coordinators, Kelly Farnan (Farnan@RLF.com) or Susan Coletti (coletti@fr.com).

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