MBA President Richard P. Campbell addressed the American Bar
Association's House of Delegates on Feb. 6 at the ABA mid-year
meeting in New Orleans.
Campbell was successful in his bid for the ABA delegates to adopt
a resolution that supports the provisions of Title 28, U.S.C. 636
The provisions grant U.S. magistrate judges the power, by request
of either party, to conduct any and all proceedings in a jury or
non-jury civil matter in federal court. It also orders the entry of
judgments in the case as being consistent with and not violating
Article III of the Constitution.
"The resolution addresses an access to justice issue," said
Campbell, who said that in the last decade alone, magistrate judges
disposed of more than 10,000 civil cases per year under § 636
The MBA's House of Delegates approved the same resolution on
January 19, 2012