By Shira Scheindlin (August 15, 2017, 11:36 AM EDT) -- In the years that I served as a United States district judge, I frequently appointed special masters and made such appointments in a variety of contexts. Although some judges are fans of using special masters, many others have never done so. This is unfortunate. It is my firm view that these appointments are very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay.
I begin by recalling the appointments I made over the years. I appointed settlement masters in several cases where I knew that settlement negotiations would be protracted...
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