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Bar News - September 18, 2009

Federal Court Open Sessions: Constructive Criticism Welcome


Many attorneys who practice in the NH Federal District Court may not be aware that there is a Federal Court Advisory Committee (FCAC) made up of local practitioners. The FCAC meets quarterly with Chief Judge Steven J. McAuliffe, the Clerk of Court James Starr and the Chief Deputy Clerk Daniel Lynch to address matters affecting local federal practice, including proposed rule changes, wireless access, and a variety of other issues.

Each meeting of the FCAC includes an "open session" where members may bring to the court’s attention any issues of concern or may voice complaints. Constructive criticism is welcome. An open session provides a valuable opportunity to present suggestions to the court. The court has been genuinely interested in receiving these comments, which can lead – and have led – to improvements in local federal practice.

Any attorney should feel free to pass concerns or suggestions along to any FCAC member. Please be assured that the source of each comment will remain anonymous.

A listing of current FCAC members can be found on the court’s website.

Peter S. Cowan is an FCAC member and may be reached at 603-668-0300 or at

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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