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Arthur Hellman, Lonny Hoffman, Thomas D. Rowe, Jr., Joan Steinman, and Georgene Vairo, Neutralizing the Stratagem of "Snap Removal": A Proposed Amendment to the Judicial Code. 9 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 103 (Summer 2016)

The Federal Courts Law Review (FCLR) is an electronic law review dedicated to legal scholarship relating to federal courts. Articles are from scholars, judges and distinguished practitioners. The editorial board, composed of United States Magistrate Judges and law school professors, uniquely combines the insight of the federal judiciary with the perspective of law school academics. The FCLR, founded in July 1997, is a publication of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association (FMJA).

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The FCLR provides an interactive forum using the latest electronic publishing technology. The advantages of electronic publication over traditional print media are many. Articles feature instant links to Internet-based resources. The text of a court decision or statute is available with a click of the mouse. Tables of Contents and footnotes are linked within the article. Need for an index is obviated by the search function, which is accessed by entering a search term and pressing the search button at the top left of every page. Articles may be viewed online, downloaded or printed.


Articles are placed online when ready, without waiting for a print date or for other articles grouped into an "issue", enabling timely treatment of current issues. Timely publication and free access to subscribers ensure a worldwide audience. Electronic notice to all federal judges of each new article provides a judicial audience not easily accessed by most publications.


The electronic format allows immediate reader comment by selecting Contact Editor. Materials are formatted for citation according to Bluebook rules for electronic publications and the universal citation guide endorsed by the American Association of Law Libraries and the American Bar Association Special Committee on Citation Issues.


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