American Judges Association



Date of this Version



Court Review, Volume 50, Issue 1 (2014)


Copyright American Judges Association. Used by permission.


How often do you have the chance to get tips from judges throughout the country who have been recognized for their ability to fairly and efficiently handle civil cases? Even at the AJA’s annual educational conference, which had a program on this topic in 2013, you would hear only from a few judges. But the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System have teamed up on a project that brings you the tips of nearly 30 such judges.

American College of Trial Lawyers members identified judges in seven states, representing population and geographic diversity, who were outstanding civil-case managers. They then interviewed those judges on a series of structured topics about case management, including how to handle discovery generally, discovery disputes, dispositive motions, settlement possibilities, sanctions, trial settings, and other matters. This highly readable, 39- page report summarizes the suggestions.