The Courts and the People in a Democratic System: Against Federal Courts’ Exceptionalism
92 Notre Dame L. Rev. Online ___ (2016)
6 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2016 Last revised: 19 Oct 2016
Date Written: September 27, 2016
The law of federal procedure is on the Supreme Court’s docket for the October 2016 Term, with granted petitions addressing pleading sufficiency, standing, and jurisdiction. And, of course, the Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure continues its annual tinkering with the rules in an elusive effort to micromanage federal practice. That reality, coupled with recent exchanges with colleagues on procedural interpretation and reform, has prompted these reflections on the role of procedure in our democratic system. This short essay is intended to summarize those reflections, which are more extensively elaborated in my other works.
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