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26 University of San Francisco Law Review 445 (1992)


Part I of this Article describes the administrative structure of the Eastern District of Virginia and its case management practices. Part II demonstrates that, despite the Eastern District of Virginia's status as one of the busiest federal district courts, it has consistently been one of the most efficient and effective federal courts in the nation. As a result, in Part III, this Article concludes that the experience of the Eastern District of Virginia raises many questions about the premises underlying the Civil Justice Reform Act, the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules, and the means by which Congress and the Judicial Conference have sought to address delay and expense in the federal courts. This Article suggests that the path to federal court reform may not necessarily be that suggested by the CJRA and other recent reform movements; instead the solution may be simply to acknowledge and activate the role of the judge as manager of civil litigation.