The 2016 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest is an essay and video competition for high school students in the western U.S.  The theme of the contest is the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miranda v. Arizona. In that 1966 case, the court ruled that someone taken into police custody must be informed – prior to questioning – of their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.  Click here for all the details. ...

On December 1, 2015, significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective.  These changes include the following, among others:

1.    The time for service of process under Rule 4(m) is shortened from 120 days to 90 days.  For cases pending in the District of Arizona before December 1, the time for service will remain 120 days.  For cases filed on or after December 1, the new 90-day time limit will apply.

2.    The time for holding the initial case management conference under Rule 16(b) has been...