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Harrington, Edward F.

Born 1933 in Fall River, MA

Federal Judicial Service
Judge, U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Nominated by Ronald Reagan on September 18, 1987, to a seat vacated by Andrew A. Caffrey; Confirmed by the Senate on February 19, 1988, and received commission on February 22, 1988. Assumed senior status on March 1, 2001.

Education
College of the Holy Cross, A.B., 1955
Boston College Law School, J.D., 1960

Staff
Courtroom/
Docket Clerk
Tracy McLaughlin 617-748-9165 tracy_mclaughlin@mad.uscourts.gov

Courtroom Number
20, 7th Floor

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Chambers Procedures/Standing Orders/Sample Orders
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    Civil - Case Management

  • EFH Q1: Do you have any specific scheduling order or any particular topics that counsel must address in the joint statement in addition to/or in lieu of the topics required to be addressed under Local Rule 16.1(D) for the initial scheduling conference?
  • EFH A1: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q2: If you have a specific scheduling order, please attach your order.
  • EFH A2: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q3: Do you have any additional requirement(s) as to the attorneys' obligation that they confer with their client(s) about case budget and ADR pursuant to Local Rule 16.1(D)(3)?
  • EFH A3: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q4: What, if any, inquiries do you make about settlement prospects and/or interest in mediation at the initial scheduling conference?
  • EFH A4: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q5: What, if any inquiries do you make about the liklihood of trial at the initial scheduling conference?
  • EFH A5: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q6: What schedule do you set at the initial scheduling conference?
  • EFH A6: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q7: After the initial scheduling conference, do you hold status conferences?
  • EFH A7: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q8: If so, when do you hold status conferences?
  • EFH A8: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q9: If so, what issues do you address at status conferences?
  • EFH A9: Respondent skipped this question.
  • Civil - Discovery

  • EFH Q10: Other than the requirements under Local Rule 16.1(D) for addressing certain discovery topics in the parties' joint statement, what, if any, discovery issues do you like counsel to be prepared to address at the initial scheduling conference?
  • EFH A10: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q11: What, if any, issues related to electronically stored information should counsel be prepared to address at the initial scheduling conference?
  • EFH A11: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q12: If the parties intend to file a proposed protective order, do you require any particular format and/or a specific time for doing so?
  • EFH A12: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q13: Under what circumstances would you consider a bifurcation of discovery ?
  • EFH A13: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q14: Given the new requirement under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(1) regarding the proportionality of the scope of discovery, what, if any inquiry do you make about this issue at the initial scheduling conference?
  • EFH A14: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q15: Other than the requirement that the parties confer in good faith to narrow the issues before filing any discovery motion under Local Rule 37.1(A), what, if any, additional requirements do you make of counsel before considering discovery motions?
  • EFH A15: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q16: Do you typically hold hearing on discovery motions?
  • EFH A16: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q17: Please describe your general practice regarding the resolution of disovery motions.
  • EFH A17: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q18: Under what circumstances will you consider emergency motions regarding discovery matters/
  • EFH A18: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q19: Do you have any particular practices or requirements about expert disclosures?
  • EFH A19: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q20: What, if any, expert discovery deadlines do you set at the initial scheduling conference? When do you typically set a schedule for the filing of Daubert motions?
  • EFH A20: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q21: If the case involves a pro se litigant, do you typically have any different practices in regard to scheduling conferences, status conferences or discovery matters?
  • EFH A21: Respondent skipped this question.
  • Civil - Dispositive Motions

  • EFH Q22: Other than the presumptive pages limits for memoranda under Rule 7.1(b), do you have any other requirements or preferences about the filing of dispositive motions?
  • EFH A22: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q23: In connection with dispositive motions, do you require the filing of any courtesy copies of exhibits, depositions and/or other materials in addition to the electronic versions that are filed on ECF?
  • EFH A23: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q24: Do you typically allow reply briefs and/or surreply briefs?
  • EFH A24: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q25: If you allow reply and/or surreply briefs, do you impose a page limit?
  • EFH A25: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q26: Do you typically hold a hearing on motions to dismiss?
  • EFH A26: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q27: Do you typically hold a hearing on summary judgment motions?
  • EFH A27: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q28: If you typically hold hearings on dispositive motions, what, if any, time limits do you impose on counsel for their arguments?
  • EFH A28: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q29: Under what, if any, circumstances, would you allow the filing of post-argument briefs?
  • EFH A29: Respondent skipped this question.
  • Civil - Patent Cases

  • EFH Q30: Do you have any standing order and/or any particular practice regarding the management of patent cases? If so, please describe them.
  • EFH A30: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q31: If applicable, please upload your standing order regarding the management of patent cases.
  • EFH A31: Respondent skipped this question
  • EFH Q32: Do you have particular practice about Markman hearings? If so, please describe them including but not limited to whether you allow tutorial(s).
  • EFH A32: Respondent skipped this question.

    Civil Mediation

  • EFH Q33: If you have any particular practices or preferences in regard to submissions before a mediation, please describe them.
  • EFH A33: A memorandum setting forth argument and amount sought.
  • EFH Q34: Do you have a standard pre-mediation order for the parties? If so, please attach it here.
  • EFH A34: Standard Court Order
  • EFH Q35: If you have any particular practices or preferences in regard to conducting a mediation, please describe them here.
  • EFH A35: None.
  • EFH Q36: Do you require the party/parties to be present or available during a mediation?
  • EFH A36: Yes, a party with decision making authority must be present. Parties may make opening statements in open court if they so desire. Parties then meet separately with Judge in private.

    Criminal Matters

  • EFH Q37: Other than the requirements under Local Rule 116.5, what, if any, practices do you have in regard to status conferences in criminal cases?
  • EFH A37: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q38: Typically, at what point, will you refer a criminal case back to the district judge?
  • EFH A38: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q39: Do you have any particular practices as to scheduling in criminal cases? If so, please describe them.
  • EFH A39: Respondent skipped this question.
  • General Trial Practice - Pretrial Matters

  • EFH Q40: Do you require the filing of a trial brief?
  • EFH A40: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q41: If you do not require the filing of a trial brief, under what circumstances do you think it would be helpful to the Court?
  • EFH A41: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q42: Do you typically hold an initial pretrial conference in civil cases?
  • EFH A42: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q43: When do you set a deadline for the filing of proposed voir dire, proposed jury instructions and/or special verdict form, witness and exhibits lists, motions in limine? Typically, how far in advance of trial are these deadlines?
  • EFH A43: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q44: Do you require that proposed voir dire, verdict forms and/or jury instructions be filed in any particular form (i.e., courtesy electronic copy to your deputy clerk in Word or WordPerfect format, etc.) Describe your practice.,
  • EFH A44: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q45: Do you set a page limit for motions in limine? If so, what is it?
  • EFH A45: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q46: Do you typically hear motions in limine at the final pretrial conference?
  • EFH A46: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q47: Do you typically resolve motions in limine at the final pretrial conference?
  • EFH A47: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q48: Do you typically hear and/or resolve Daubert motions at the final pretrial conference?
  • EFH A48: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q49: Do you require the parties to provide a courtesy copy of trial exhibits to the Court before trial?
  • EFH A49: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q50: If courtesy copies of trial exhibits are required, when do you require them?
  • EFH A50: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q51: If courtesy copies of trial exhibits are required, what particular form is required?
  • EFH A51: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q52: Do you require trial exhibits to be pre-marked? If so, please describe your practice?
  • EFH A52: Respondent skipped this question.
  • General Trial Practice - Scheduling Trials

  • EFH Q53: Typically, when do you set a trial date in civil cases?
  • EFH A53: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q54: What is your typical trial schedule?
  • EFH A54: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q55: In civil cases, do you set time limits for counsel for opening statements, the presentation of evidence and/or closing arguments? If so, please describe your practice?
  • EFH A55: Respondent skipped this question.
  • General Trial Practice - Jury Selection

  • EFH Q56: Please describe your jury selection process.
  • EFH A56: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q57: Under what circumstances, if any, have you or would you consider using a juror questionnaire?
  • EFH A57: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q58: If you would consider the use of a jury questionnaire, when and in what form should it be proposed?
  • EFH A58: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q59: Have you or would you consider allowing attorney voir dire?
  • EFH A59: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q60: In civil trials, typically what number of jurors do you seat?
  • EFH A60: Respondent skipped this question.
  • General Trial Practice - Trial Practices

  • EFH Q61: Do you require counsel to use the podium during openings, examination of witnesses and/or closings?
  • EFH A61: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q62: How many rounds of examination do you typically allow?
  • EFH A62: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q63: Under what, if any, circumstances, will you allow a rebuttal case?
  • EFH A63: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q64: Do you have any preferences about the use of chalks during openings and closings?
  • EFH A64: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q65: Do you have any particular practice in regard to jury charge conferences? If so, please describe it.
  • EFH A65: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q66: Do you provide a written copy of your jury charge to the jury?
  • EFH A66: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q67: Will you consider counsel's proposals of a special verdict form? If so, should it be in any particular format?
  • EFH A67: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q68: If you have any preferences or practices about pretrial or trial matters that has not been solicited by the prior questions, please describe them here.
  • EFH A68: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q69: If you have any particular practices as to bench trials, please describe them.
  • EFH A69: Respondent skipped this question.

    Standing Orders & Miscellaneous Matters

  • EFH Q70: If your session has any standing orders, please attach them here.
  • EFH A70: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q71: Order #2
  • EFH A71: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q72: Order #3
  • EFH A72: Respondent skipped this question.
  • EFH Q73: If there is any other guidance about your court practices and preferences that you would like to share with counsel that has not been solicited by any of the prior questions, please provide it here.
  • EFH A73: Respondent skipped this question.


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