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Copyright (c) 2005 Fordham Law Review
Fordham Law Review

THE PHILIP D. REED LECTURE SERIES: CITATION OF UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS: PANEL DISCUSSION: THE APPELLATE JUDGES SPEAK*

* This Panel Discussion was held on February 17, 2005, at Fordham University School of Law. The text of the Panel Discussion transcript has been lightly edited.

October, 2005

74 Fordham L. Rev. 1

Author

Panelists
Hon. Edward R. Becker
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Hon. Michael Boudin
Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Hon. Pierre N. Leval
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
 
Moderator
Professor Patrick Schiltz
St. Thomas University School of Law
Reporter to the Judicial Conference
Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules

Excerpt



PROFESSOR CAPRA:** I would like to welcome you to the panel tonight on the citation of unpublished opinions. This is presented by the Philip D. Reed Chair. Our topic tonight is what to do with and how to deal with unpublished opinions by appellate courts, specifically the merits of allowing them to be cited by litigants, and more generally the usefulness of an opinion that is labeled "not for publication." As we will see tonight, the topic of unpublished opinions has created significant controversy within the federal courts.

We are extremely lucky to have an unbelievable panel to discuss this question. It is my pleasure to provide a short introduction for each of the panelists, although it is not really that short because they have done so much.

I will start with Judge Edward Becker. Edward Becker is a graduate of Yale Law School. After thirteen years of private practice in Philadelphia, he was appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in December 1970, so that gives him thirty-four years on the bench. In January 1982 he was named to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and he served as Chief Judge from 1998-2003. If you are down in Philadelphia, you should go to the courthouse to see the beautiful new Edward R. Becker Lobby of that federal courthouse, a testament to Judge Becker's impact on the Third Circuit.

In addition, Judge Becker has been active with ...
 
 
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