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 second nin the series) focuses upon Judge Chang (a University of Michigan aerospace engineer like me Go Blue!):

  • Send someone to hearings that knows the case and/or motions.
  • Civility: Do not casually suggest misconduct; avoid work like "fabricated," "concocted" or "misleading".
  • Rule 56 motions: omit unnecessary details and "use brevity."