This article at Law.com starts:
While a bill to split the nation’s largest federal appeals court lies dormant in Congress, that didn’t prevent grumbling at the opening of the 9th Circuit’s annual judicial conference over repeated efforts to divide the circuit.
There are several quotes from judges on their views — and fears — about a potential circuit split, including Chief Judge Schroeder’s reaction to the L.A. Times opinion piece arguing that the Ninth Circuit has a high reversal rate because its size makes it more likely that two “extremist” judges will be assigned to any given panel. My coverage of the L.A. Times piece, with links to coverage by other blogs, is here.
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