In a continuing effort to improve the usefulness of the Opinions Page, in conjunction with Chambers, Chris Matras and Frank Baker of the Systems Staff are working on a new search capability for the Opinions Page that would allow you to search the body of orders by term (much like Westlaw). Searching within the entire text of the order should enlarge search capabilities that are presently limited to the headnote summary posted on the Web Page. Once implemented it will replace the present headnote system to some degree, which will also eliminate some extra work for chambers.
My present Opinions Page includes over 400 opinions, many of which are originally drafted by chambers. I have been proud of this effort over the years to establish a body of precedent, some of which applies to volume, “routine” matters such as Chapter 13 practice, dischargeability actions and even 362 motions. All of my law clerks, past and present, have spent many extra hours to ensure well written and researched opinions which often reference the orders of the other judges in this district to the extent possible.
I have found in the last few years that many practitioners are better prepared and often cite the most recent, if not all, prior opinions in the district on the subject at issue. This assists me and ensures a more consistent and legally sound determination.
I hope you will continue to find the Opinions Page helpful to your practice.