The curious document that begins on the next page requires some explanatory introduction. My invitation to participate in a panel on the federal appeals process at the Symposium on Civil Litigation Reform in the Twenty-first Century gave me serious pause. I was pleased and honored to be included on a panel with Judge Thomas M. Reavley and Professor William M. Richman, of course, but I despaired of saying anything that has not already been said before many times and in many ways, either by me or by my distinguished fellow panelists. Therefore, I sought redemption in technology. I began "surfing the Internet," looking for interesting and current data on the United States Courts of Appeals. Inexplicably, my PC screen went blank, and the logo "Netscape-2020" suddenly appeared. Somehow, someway, I was browsing the future. Among other documents, I downloaded a copy of the Chief Justice's Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary for the year 2020. Just about then the screen went blank again. Never before or since has anything like this ever happened, and our computer guru could offer no explanation for this mysterious time-surge. The Pepperdine Law Review agreed that this document should be published as part of the 1997 Symposium without any changes or annotations. Thus, the future will speak for itself Tempis Fugit.
Thomas E. Baker,
2020 Year-end Report on the Judiciary by the Chief Justice of the United States
, 24 Pepp. L. Rev. 859
Available at: http://ecollections.law.fiu.edu/faculty_publications/151