In April of 1974, Chief Judge Irving R. Kaufman initiated a Civil Appeals Management Plan (hereinafter "CAMP") in the Second Circuit. Over the next thirteen years, pre-argument conference programs were implemented in several other circuits. To date, there are currently five circuits with such a program in effect. These programs possess some common characteristics as well as some distinguishing features. The purpose of this article is to present an overview of the use of the pre-argument conference program in federal appellate courts



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