Appendix C

 1.    Sixth Circuit Local Rule 18

 2.    Civil Appeal Pre-Argument Statement

 3.    Pre-Argument Conference Program  Letter

 4.    Pre-Argument Conference Program Notice

 5.    Pre-Argument Conference Program Transmittal Form

 6.    Parties’ Stipulation to Dismiss for Lack of  Jurisdiction

 7.    Motion to Waive Oral Argument

 8.    Conference Attorneys’ Notice of Suspension of Time to Submit Briefs

 9.    Form Stipulation to Dismiss

10.   Order Dismissing Appeal Pursuant to Fed. R. App. P. 42(b)

11.   Conference Program’s Assignment and Termination Form


 

1. Sixth Circuit Local Rule 18

Rule 18: PRE-ARGUMENT CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

     (a)      Transmission of Documents. Upon filing of a notice of appeal in a civil case, the clerk of the district court shall forthwith transmit a copy of the notice of appeal to the clerk of the court of appeals, who shall promptly enter the appeal upon the appropriate records of the court of appeals. Each notice of appeal so transmitted shall have appended thereto a copy of:

(1)   the docket sheet of the court or agency from which the appeal is taken;

(2)   the judgment order sought to be reviewed;

(3)   any opinion or findings;

(4)   any report and recommendation prepared by the United States Magistrate.

     (b)      Filing Pre-Argument Statement.

     (1)      Civil appeals from United States District Courts. Within fourteen days after filing the notice of appeal in the district court, the appellant shall cause to be filed with the clerk of the court of appeals, with service on all other parties, an original and two (2) copies of the pre-argument statement setting forth information necessary for an understanding of the nature of the appeal. (see form 6CA-53).

     (2)      Review of Administrative Agency Orders: Applications for Enforcement. Within fourteen days after the filing of a petition for review of an order of an administrative agency, board, commission or officer, or an application for enforcement of an order of an agency, the petitioner or applicant shall cause to be filed with the clerk of the court of appeals, with service on all other parties, an original and two (2) copies of a pre-argument statement setting forth information necessary for an understanding of the nature of the petition or application (see form 6CA-54).

     (c)      Pre-Argument Conference.

     (1)      All civil cases shall be reviewed to determine if a pre-argument conference, pursuant to Rule 33, Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, would be of assistance to the court or the parties. Such a conference may be conducted by a circuit judge or a staff attorney of the court known as the conference attorney. An attorney may request a pre-argument conference in a case if he or she thinks it would be helpful.

     (2)      A circuit judge or conference attorney may direct the attorneys for all parties to attend a pre-argument conference, in person or by telephone. Such conference shall be conducted by the conference attorney or a circuit judge designated by the chief judge, to consider the possibility of settlement, the simplification of the issues, and any other matters which the circuit judge or conference attorney determines may aid in the handling of the disposition of the proceedings.

     (3)      A judge who participates in a pre-argument conference or becomes involved in settlement discussions pursuant to this rule will not sit on a judicial panel that deals with that case, except that participation in a pre-argument conference shall not preclude a judge from participating in any en banc consideration of the case.

     (4)      The statements and comments made during the pre-argument conference are confidential, except to the extent disclosed by the pre-argument conference order entered pursuant to Rule 18(d), and shall not be disclosed by the conference judge or conference attorney nor by counsel in briefs or argument.

     (d)      Pre-Argument Conference Order. To effectuate the purposes and results of the pre-argument conference, the circuit judge or the clerk of the court at the behest of the conference attorney shall enter a pre-argument conference order controlling the subsequent course of the proceedings.

     (e)      Non-Compliance Sanctions.

     (1)      If the appellant, petitioner or applicant has not taken the action specified in paragraph (b) of this procedure within the time specified, the appeal, petition or application may be dismissed by the clerk without further notice.

     (2)      Upon failure of a party or attorney to comply with the provisions of this rule or the provisions of the pre-argument conference order, the Court of Appeals may assess reasonable expenses caused by the failure, including attorney’s fees; assess all or a portion of the appellate costs; or dismiss the appeal.

 

 

3. Pre-Argument Conference Program Letter

 

 

 United States Court of Appeals

for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Post Office & Courthouse Building

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

 

 

Robert W. Rack, Jr.                                                                     Telephone
Conference Attorney                                                               (513)684-3881

                                                                                            FTS 684-3881

 

 

                                                        (date)

 

Dear Counsel:

 

re: the pre-argument conference

 

        The Sixth Circuit now conducts pre-argument conferences in many civil appeals. The primary purpose of the conference is to examine the issues being raised on appeal and discuss possible bases for settlement. Most conferences are conducted by telephone. All discussions are confidential and off the record.

 

        Conferences are not scheduled in all cases. If you think a conference could be beneficial in this appeal, call Teresa Lanier at the Conference Attorney’s Office, telephone (515) 684-3881, and one will be scheduled.

 

 

                                                        Very truly yours,

 

 

                                                        Robert W. Rack, Jr.

 

 

 


 

4. Pre-Argument Conference
Program Notice

 

 

 

United States Court of Appeals

for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Post Office & Courthouse Building

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

 

 

Robert W. Rack, Jr.                                                                     Telephone

Conference Attorney                                                               (513)684-3881

                                                                                            FTS 684-3881

 

 

pre-argument conference notice

 

Dear Counsel:

 

        Pursuant to Rule 18, Rules of the Sixth Circuit, a pre-argument telephone conference is scheduled for

_____________________, 198__, at ___________eastern standard time.

        The attorneys addressed above are understood to be the attorneys in charge of this appeal and are required to participate. The undersigned should be advised immediately if counsel other than those listed above should be involved.

        The purposes of a pre-argument conference are (1) to identify and attempt to resolve any matters which may interfere with the smooth handling or disposition of the proceeding, (2) to clarify issues presented in the appeal, and (3) to explore possibilities of settlement.

        Counsel should be prepared to discuss the merits of the case for purposes of settlement and should have proposals and/or authority to terminate this litigation consistent with the interest of their clients.

 

                                                        Robert W. Rack, Jr.

 

                                                        ___________________________

                                                        by: Teresa R. Lanier

 

 

 


 

5. Pre-Argument Conference Program Transmittal Form

 

 

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM TRANSMITTAL

 

 

TO:         ___      Team I

                ___      Team II

                ___      Team III

 

DATE:

 

CASE:

 

ACTION:       ___      Conference Program Activities Completed

                        ___      Briefing (see below)*

                        ___      Response to show cause received from appellant

                        ___      Response to show cause received from appellee

                        ___      Other ________________________________

 

FROM:___     RR

                        ___          LO

                        ___          DA

 

*      Pursuant to the agreement reached in the pre-argument conference on _____________________________, the briefing in the above appeal(s) should be modified as follows:

 

 

 


 

6. Parties’ Stipulation to Dismiss for
Lack of Jurisdiction

 

 

  

No. 00-0000

 

United States Court of Appeals

for the Sixth Circuit

 

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                                                        : stipulation to dismiss

 

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        It appearing to the parties that this appeal has been taken from an interlocutory and non-appealable order, pursuant to discussion and agreement under Sixth Circuit Rule 18 the parties hereby stipulate that an order be entered by the Court dismissing the within appeal(s) for the reason that the Court is without jurisdiction to decide the case.

 

 

                                                        __________________________

                                                        (appellant)

 

                                                        __________________________

                                                        (appellee)

 

 

 


 

7. Motion to Waive Oral Argument

 

 

 No. 00-0000

 

United States Court of Appeals

for the Sixth Circuit

 

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                                                        : motion to waive oral argument

 

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        The parties hereby move this Court to waive oral argument in this case and determine the merits of the appeal on the submission of the briefs.

        It is respectfully submitted that the facts and legal issues may be sufficiently presented in the briefs and record such that oral argument is unnecessary.

 

 

 

 

                                                        ____________________________

                                                        (appellant)

 

                                                        ____________________________

                                                        (appellee)

 

 

 


 

8. Conference Attorneys’ Notice of Suspension of Time to Submit Briefs

 

 

United States Court of Appeals

for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Post Office & Courthouse Building

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

 

 

Robert W. Rack, Jr.                                                                  Telephone

Conference Attorney                                                           (513)684-3881

                                                                                         FTS 684-3881

 

                                                        (date)

 

(addressed to all counsel)

 

 

RE: (case caption and CA No.)

 

Dear Counsel:

 

        Pursuant to Rule 18, Rules of the Sixth Circuit, the FRAP and Circuit Court rules pertaining to the submission of briefs* in this matter are suspended for a period of (No. of days suspended), thereby making appellant’s/appellee’s brief due (new due date).

 

                                                        Very truly yours,

 

 

                                                        Robert W. Rack, Jr.

 

 

 

 

RWR/tl

cc: Deputy Clerk

 

 

 

 

Note: When necessary, transcript preparation is also delayed and appellant is authorized to stop work by the Court Reporter.


 

9. Form Stipulation to Dismiss

 

 

 

United States Court of Appeals

for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Post Office & Courthouse Building

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

 

 

Robert W. Rack, Jr.                                                                  Telephone

Conference Attorney                                                           (513)684-3881

                                                                                         FTS 684-3881

 

                                                        (date)

 

(addressed to counsel for appellee)

 

 

RE: (case caption and CA No.)

 

Dear (name of counsel)

        Pursuant to the agreement reached between the parties in the above-captioned appeal, I am enclosing for your convenience a form Stipulation to Dismiss. Please execute same by signing and forwarding to (opposing counsel) for their signature and return to this office.

        Counsel are reminded that the appellant’s brief is currently due on (current due date) and that the Clerk’s Office will expect either the Stipulation to Dismiss or appellant’s brief by that date and may dismiss for want of prosecution if not received.

 

        Thank you for your cooperation.

 

                                                        Very truly yours,

 

                                                        Robert W. Rack, Jr.

 

RWR/tl

cc:    Deputy Clerk

Enc.

 

 

 

     Note: The Form Stipulation on the following page accompanies this letter.

     If there is no current due date for appellant’s brief, counsel are usually given two weeks to execute and return the Form Stipulation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 No. 00-0000

 

United States Court of Appeals

for the Sixth Circuit

 

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                            (Case Caption)    :

                                                        : stipulation to dismiss

 

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        The undersigned hereby stipulate that the above appeal may be dismissed with prejudice upon such terms as have been agreed upon by the parties.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                       ____________________________

                                                        (appellant)

 

                                                       ____________________________

                                                        (appellee)

 

 

  


 

10. Order Dismissing Appeal Pursuant to
Fed. R. App. P. 42(b)

 

 

 

No. 00-0000

 

United States Court of Appeals

for the Sixth Circuit

 

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                            (Case Caption)    :

                                                        : o r d e r

 

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        In accordance with Rule 18, Rules of the Sixth Circuit,

and upon consideration of the stipulation of the parties to

voluntarily dismiss the appeal pursuant to 42(b), Federal

Rules of Appellate Procedure,

 

        it is ordered that the appeal be and it hereby is dismissed.

 

 

                                        entered pursuant to rule 18 (c)

                                        rules of the sixth circuit

 

 

 

 

                                        ___________________

                                        Leonard Green, Clerk

 

 

 

 


 

11. Conference Program’s Assignment and Termination Form

 

 

  

ASSIGNMENT AND TERMINATION FORM

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Conferenced by:_______________________

 

Case No.                         Title

 

Case Type______________________ _________PAS filed

 

Prior

Judge/Magistrate __________        __________ Conf. Sched.

                        _____: Step

District __________________       __________ Conf. Held

                        _____:     _____

 

Disposition Below          _____ (Verdict) ____   Terminated ____

                                        _____      _____

 

                                        ______(Directed Verdict)

                                        ______(JNOV)

                                        ______(Bench)

                                        ______(Sum Judg)

                                        ______(Other)

Documents      Opinion____ Record ______ Source: Ref____________

Reviewed:       Transcript ____         Brief ____

                        Req ____ (App’nt)  ____(Ap’ee)

                        Cases/Statutes ______________

                        SI _____

 

 

 

Note: The second half of this form is on the following page.

 

 

 

 

 TERMINATION DATA

 

 

Reason for Termination:

        1) K.O._____________________                          or

        2) Settlement ________________

 

Contact Information:

 

        No. of Party Contacts

 

 

Activities:

 

      __Consolidation

      __Conference: ___(In Person) __ (Telephone) __(Est. Time)

      __Refer to SA’s

      __Identify Certifiable Issues

      __Establish Certifiable Issues

      __Advance Oral Argument

      __Suspend Rules: __ (No. of days suspended)

      __Discuss Issues

      __Research (Read briefs, transcripts, or cases)

      __Other*

 

 

*Comments_____________________________________________

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