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3rd Circ. Oral Argument Dip Troubling, Chief Judge Says

Law360 (August 17, 2018, 6:36 PM EDT) -- The Third Circuit appellate bar is trying to reverse a troubling decline in oral arguments before its panels, which its Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith in an exclusive interview with Law360 says could have been brought on by a "stunning" increase in pro se filings he traces to the Great Recession of the late aughts.

According to the latest figures by the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, which considers oral argument crucial to the administration of justice for litigants and transparency for the public, the Third Circuit ranked second to last in 2014 in the frequency of oral arguments in the...

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