How Courts And Litigants Can Benefit From Special Masters

Law360 (January 8, 2020, 3:09 PM EST) -- We are about to celebrate the first anniversary of the American Bar Association's adoption, in Resolution 100, of the ABA Guidelines for the Appointment and Use of Special Masters in Federal and State Civil Litigation, on Jan. 28, 2019. The purpose of these guidelines was to encourage courts to consider the appointment of special masters in appropriate cases.

Three years ago, I authored an article on the subject of special master appointments, relying on my experience in making such appointments during my 22-year tenure as a United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York.[1] In deciding to author a new...

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