United States Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Biographical Information
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Written correspondence from counsel to the court.
Judge Conaboy accepts correspondence (copies should be sent to all counsel).
Preference for the use of telephone conferences rather than in-person conferences for any category of conferences scheduled in connection with a case.
Judge Conaboy encourages telephone conferences when they will be sufficient.
Trial briefs submitted by counsel.
Judge Conaboy adheres to the electronic filing requirement pursuant to Standing Order 05-6 Electronic Case Filing Policies and Procedures, as amended 11/18/09. All documents should be filed according to these requirements. Counsel should not forward any courtesy copies to the court, unless otherwise directed to do so.
Any questions regarding motion procedures, please contact chambers at (570) 207-5710.
Federal Rule 26 and M.D. Pa. Local Rule 26.1 et seq. (including your approach to initial disclosures, discovery prior to the Rule 16 conference) and preferences as to the matters encompassed within those Rules.
Judge Conaboy adheres to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the local rules governing discovery.
The extent to which counsel may influence the length of the discovery period, extensions, trial dates, etc.
Judge Conaboy gives counsel a case management form, which is to be returned to him promptly. That form establishes an estimated discovery time period, and addresses extensions of time for litigation matters. Upon receipt of the form, Judge Conaboy issues a scheduling order for the case to proceed in a timely and orderly manner.
The average amount of time allowed for discovery in a standard track case and the extent to which the standard amount of time is varied.
Judge Conaboy adheres to M.D. Local Rule 26.4, which permits a six-month time limit on a standard track case. If there are any unforeseen or unresolved discovery issues, Judge Conaboy may make himself available for resolution purposes.
Handling of confidentiality agreements, particularly in light of the Third Circuit's recent opinions on the prerequisites for imposing confidentiality agreements.
Judge Conaboy adheres strictly to the Third Circuit's opinions regarding confidentiality agreements. In addition, Judge Conaboy seals most settlement agreements, unless otherwise agreed by counsel.
Procedure for scheduling trials, including whether a date certain for trial is assigned; if so, the amount of time prior to trial that such a date certain is assigned; and the extent to which it may be moved during the month in which it has been scheduled.
Judge Conaboy schedules trials in accordance with discussions held with counsel at the case management conference, where he and counsel agree to a scheduling order. Except in more complex cases, Judge Conaboy attempts to schedule a trial date within one year of the filing of the action but the trial date may be earlier, if all parties are amenable.
Trial briefs submitted by counsel.
Judge Conaboy requires all counsel to submit trial briefs outlining all issues and the posture of the case at least five days prior to commencement of trial.
Counsel participation in voir dire.
In civil cases that Judge Conaboy considers simple, he permits counsel to conduct voir dire. In more complex civil cases, he conducts voir dire. In criminal cases, Judge Conaboy's standard practice is to conduct voir dire himself.
Whether more than one attorney may handle trial for a party.
Judge Conaboy permits more than one attorney to participate in trial, and in cases where more than one attorney will participate, he allows attorneys to alternate in the questioning of witnesses.
Pre-marking of documentary and photographic exhibits and other demonstrative evidence for trial and the date upon which exchange of exhibits is to take place, if any.
In accordance with the local rules, Judge Conaboy requires counsel to pre-mark all exhibits, including any type of demonstrative or photographic evidence, to be introduced at trial. He directs that exhibits be discussed and exchanged prior to the final pre-trial conference, and if counsel disagree as to the exchange, the court will discuss the disagreement at the final pre-trial conference.
Practice for the receipt of proposed jury instructions, including the form of jury instruction, and any divergence from the number of jury instructions permitted by the Middle District local rules.
Judge Conaboy requires counsel to submit proposed jury instructions to him in writing at least three days prior to the commencement of trial. He does not diverge from the number of proposed instructions permitted by the Middle District local rule unless it is shown to be necessary.
Written verdict forms (in the form of interrogatory questions) to the jury.
Written verdict forms (in the form of interrogatory questions) to the jury. Judge Conaboy uses written verdict forms for the jury and encourages counsel to submit proposed verdict forms prior to the conclusion of trial. He reserves the right to formulate and use his own independent forms.