In late January, the Northern District’s six newest judges attended a Federal Bar Association* panel to offer insights into their practices and chambers. The recurring theme of the discussion was a call for civility: Civility in court. Civility in briefs. Civility in emails. Over the next several weeks, I will provide summaries of each judge’s comments and insights. This post (the third in the series) focuses upon Magistrate Judge Finnegan:

  • Discuss ways to streamline cases early
  • Plan early discovery to focus issues and settlement conferences
  • Will sometimes meet counsel without clients before a full settlement conference
  • Follow Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Program