I am pleased to announce my admittance into the Federal Bar Council. This organization consists of federal court practitioners within the Second Circuit (District Courts and Appellate Courts within the federal judiciary of New York, Connecticut, and Vermont) dedicated to promoting excellence and developing cordial relationships between respected federal judges and the attorneys practicing before them.
At my recent CLE (Continuing Legal Education) at the Federal Rules Update conducted in the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, Southern District Court Judges Shira A. Scheindlin and Sidney H. Stein presented the forthcoming stylistic updates to the Federal Rules of Evidence taking effect December 1, 2011. Also presented was the proposed "Pilot Project" seeking to explore the efficacy of further streamlined pre-trial, motion and discovery proceedings. The evening was concluded with a review of recent United States Supreme Court decisions having influence over the courts of the Second Circuit.