For the Public

The Federal Bar Association's For the Public Section includes information that addresses the legal needs and question for the general public.

Resources

Ten Tips for Effective Brief Writing

Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Terrence L. Michael (N.D. Okla.) offers his "Ten Tips for Effective Brief Writing"


A Guide to the Federal Magistrate Judge System

There are currently 531 full-time Magistrate Judges in the United States District Courts. Among their many responsibilities, Magistrate Judges conduct mediations, resolve discovery disputes, and decide a wide variety of motions. This white paper explores the importance of this critical position.


What Lawyers Need to Know About the Heartbleed Bug

April 9, 2014, computer researchers announced that a massive vulnerability for websites that use a certain web encryption software called OpenSSL. This vulnerability, called the "Heartbleed bug," allows potential eavesdropping on users' communications on websites using OpenSSL.


Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Recent Comments

The Federal Bar Association has submitted comments to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States. The FBA supports the proposed amendment of Rule 37(e) of the Fed. R. Civ. P. concerning preservation of evidence and sanctions for spoliation. The FBA opposes amendments that would add new presumed limits on depositions, interrogatories and requests for admissions.


Monuments Men, Nazi Stolen Art and the FBA

The Federal Bar Association supports the creation of a commission to address the identification and ownership issues related to artworks unlawfully taken during the Nazi regime but remain unreturned to their rightful owners.


FBA Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee

On Tuesday, July 3, the Federal Bar Association testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts.


FBA Leaders Urge Congress to Act on Court Funding, Judicial Vacancies


About U.S. Federal Courts

Our Founding Fathers understood the need for an independent Judiciary, which was created under Article III of the United States Constitution. The Judicial Branch is one of one of the three separate and distinct branches of the federal government. The other two are the legislative and executive branches.


Frequently Asked Questions

These answers of frequently asked questions are provided for your reference but should not take the place of professional legal advice. Topics include selecting a lawyer; legal fees; law and the courts; law and the consumer; and bankruptcy.


On the Supreme Court Docket


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