*Signing Federal papers. If you missed the changes, here they are.

I haven’t been in Federal Court lately, so I have had no occasion to violate two changes in the rules that went into play shortly after I went out on my own. But for those like myself who missed it, there is no need on Federal papers to use your initials and four digit identifier (see change in local rule), but you do now have to add your e-mail address (see change in F.R.C.P.) Remember, F.R.C.P. trumps Local Rules. Current rules set forth below.

F.R.C.P. Rule 11. Signing Pleadings, Motions, and Other Papers; Representations to the Court; Sanctions
(a) Signature. Every pleading, written motion, and other paper must be signed by at least one attorney of record in the attorney’s name–or by a party personally if the party is unrepresented. The paper must state the signer’s address, e-mail address, and telephone number. Unless a rule or statute specifically states otherwise, a pleading need not be verified or accompanied by an affidavit. The court must strike an unsigned paper unless the omission is promptly corrected after being called to the attorney’s or party’s attention.

Local Civil Rule 11.1. Form of Pleadings, Motions, and Other Papers
(a) Every pleading, written motion, and other paper must (1) be plainly written, typed, printed, or copied without erasures or interlineations which materially deface it, (2) bear the docket number and the initials of the judge and any magistrate judge before whom the action or proceeding is pending, and (3) have the name of each person signing it clearly printed or typed directly below the signature.

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