Collegiality may be be in short supply on Capitol Hill right now, but within the geographically and ideologically diverse federal courts of appeals, the trait is more the rule than the exception, according to Senior Judge Harry Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Edwards, preparing for a conference earlier this year at Oxford University, researched how federal appellate courts seek and achieve collegiality. He collected and analyzed data on case workload, opinions and the results of a survey he sent to the chief judges of the federal appeals courts. His review was published online this month.

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