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Article   |   Volume 162, Issue 7

Speech: Opening Address

162 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1517 (2014).

June 2014

"I imagine that many law students who arrive here at this famous law school in Philadelphia, the city that hosted our nationís Constitutional Convention, dream of litigating epic constitutional cases before the United States Supreme Court. For the students here, perhaps learning the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure may not be very high on your priority list, but you will find outóas I found outóthat command of procedure is essential to a litigatorís prowess.

"More broadly, the way we fashion procedure is pivotal to the quality of justice our system provides. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas said it well when he wrote that, ďProcedure is the bone structure of a democratic society.Ē1 Iím going to ask you to remember two things from this speech. Thatís the first one: '[p]rocedure is the bone structure of a democratic society.' In short, procedure is power."

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