The Federal Bar Association – an excellent group that is worth joining (disclosure: I am a member) – recently held a panel of Northern District judges. Here are my notes regarding Judge Pallmeyer’s comments:

  • Judge Pallmeyer does not like hearings by phone, but will allow them in appropriate circumstances.
  • She reads briefs as they come in, but has clerks write some opinions. She also avoids unnecessary opinions.
  • When possible and appropriate, Judge Pallmeyer encourages live argument and immediate decision. So, show up for hearings prepared to argue.
  • Judge Pallmeyer uses a two-page questionnaire tailored to each case for voir dire. She then asks follow up and gives counsel brief opportunities to follow up, followed by preemptory challenges.