Here is some information on Judge Arnold and on AMOJ.  You might be able to contact them and obtain some information on the court reform projects.

Sincerely,

Charles Heckman

>From: Jacob Roginsky

>Reply-To: AMOJ_MAIN@yahoogroups.com
>To: AMOJ_MAIN@Yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [AMOJ_MAIN] JUDGE ARNOLD
>Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 10:14:06 -0500
>
>1. QUICK UPDATE ON MEETING WITH JUDGE ARNOLD
>
>Folks,
>
>1. QUICK UPDATE ON MEETING WITH JUDGE ARNOLD
>On Thursday morning three members of AMOJ (including myself) met in
>Washington for an hour-long conference with the Senior Judges of the
>Eighth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Richard C. Arnold. As many of
>you remember, this meeting was dedicated to discussing the AMOJ
>proposals to the Ninth Federal Circuit judicial commission, with which
>commission we will be meeting in the near future.
>
>Judge Arnold is one of the best known federal judges in the country --
>not only because he is a former Chief Judge of the Eighth Federal
>Circuit, but because he has been one of the most outspoken critics of
>various failures of the federal judiciary, particularly of the abuse of
>the unpublished opinions, the use of the clerks and magistrate judges
>for performing the work that he believes should be performed by the
>Article III judges, the tendency by the trial federal courts to dismiss
>cases without duly evaluating their merits, and similar lack of
>diligence in many cases by the appellate courts.
>
>Unlike the previous meeting with Judge Arnold, this one was limited to a
>small number of attendees, in order to keep the conversation focused.
>Indeed, the meeting was exceptionally productive. The other two AMOJ
>participants were attorneys, who contributed considerable expertise and
>thought to the discussion and helped identify and clarify various legal
>issues related to the proposals..
>
>The judge was friendly and extremely helpful. Not a trace of the
>superior, arrogant and insensitive attitude that comes through in
>reading many federal judicial opinions. My AMOJ companions were also
>very impressed with the unassuming, gentlemanly and intellectual
>characteristics that the judge demonstrated at the meeting Given the
>fact that we were unable to finish up discussing all the issues, the
>judge offered to address the rest in a letter.
>
>Jacob Roginsky
>