February 1, 2018

Practice in Federal Court: A Guide for New Lawyers

Written By

Palmer G. Vance II
Member, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC

Published in The New Lawyer Handbook

The fundamentals of practice and procedure in state and federal court are quite similar. Differences be­tween the two systems are often subtle, but an understanding of these differences is essential to the suc­cessful federal practitioner. To the extent possible, this chapter will not repeat the basic information con­tained in the chapters on civil and criminal procedure. Rather, it will concentrate on providing informa­tion specific to practice and proce­dure in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and, to a lesser extent, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. While much of this information is appli­cable to other courts as well, the practitioner should always investi­gate local practice and procedure when appearing in a new forum. Due to space limitations, this is nec­essarily a general treatment of the subject, but it should provide the new practitioner with either the in­formation needed or directions on where to look to find that informa­tion.


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