With many new judges confirmed to federal appeals courts in the past few years, Judge Raymond Lohier said now is an ideal time to reinforce the importance of collegiality in the judiciary.

“This is of course not a new problem. … [But] it’s worth revisiting and being a little concerned about and making sure the judges are aware that language matters, that word choice matters with respect to their colleagues,” Lohier, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, said during a wide-ranging discussion hosted by the American Law Institute.