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Revisiting the 1938 Rules Experiment

profession. You may recall that in Bates, the Court held, among  The Lewis F. Powell Jr. Distinguished Lecture presented March 27, 2014, at the Washington and Lee School of Law. The Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer ... in part). 4. See Paul V. Niemeyer, Is Now the Time for Simplified Rules of Civil Procedure?, 46 U. MICH. J.L. REFORM 673, 675 (2013) [hereinafter Niemeyer, Simplified Rules] (discussing the changes

Is Now the Time for Simplified Rules of Civil Procedure

Unfortunately, any objective evaluation of current federal civil process will inevitably lead to the conclusion that the process is functioning inadequately in its purpose of discharging justice speedily and inexpensively. One need only ask any trial lawyer whether he can try a medium-sized commercial dispute to judgment in a federal court in less than three years and at a cost...

Here We Go Again: Are The Federal Discovery Rules Really In Need Of Amendment?

NEED OF AMENDMENT? PAUL V. NIEMEYER * Why is it that the Civil Rules Advisory Committee is again addressing questions about the adequacy of the discovery rules? Has the path to this site not been well

The Maryland Rules — a Time for Overhaul

The Maryland Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has for some time been considering an extensive revision of the Maryland Rules of Procedure. This Article examines the shortcomings of the current rules, and suggests that the Committee has dramatic reorganization and revision under consideration.

The Maryland Rules — a Time for Overhaul

The Maryland Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has for some time been considering an extensive revision of the Maryland Rules of Procedure. This Article examines the shortcomings of the current rules, and suggests that the Committee has dramatic reorganization and revision under consideration.