Initial Status Conference
Judge Kennelly will set all newly-filed cases for an initial conference pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(b) approximately 60 days of the filing of the complaint. Order Setting Initial Status Hearing
. At the initial conference, the parties should be prepared to discuss the nature of the case, report on the possibility of settlement, and discuss the nature and length of discovery necessary to prepare the case for trial. Written status reports should not be filed. A discovery cut-off date may be set at the initial conference.
In some cases, the scheduled status conference may take place before a defendant has responded to the plaintiff’s complaint. Judge Kennelly expects all defendants who have been served with process to participate in this conference even if they have not yet responded to the complaint.