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For the first time since 1996, the U.S. government ground to a halt on Oct. 1, 2013. The House of Representatives and the Senate were at odds over funding and all signs pointed to a continuing bitter fight. A deal was finally struck late at night on Oct. 16, and President Obama signed the shutdown-ending bill just after midnight on Oct. 17. The National Law Journal and its sister publications at ALM provided coverage throughout the shutdown, from its effects on federal and district courts to candid reactions from prominent practitioners about the crisis and the resulting deal.

THE END: THE DEAL AND THE AFTERMATH


Federal Employees Sue for Damages Over Shutdown
The lawsuit doesn't say how much money the plaintiffs are seeking. According to the complaint, the case could affect about 1.3 million employees who were "essential" during the shutdown.— Blog of Legal Times, 11/4/13

Shutdown Over, But Judges Wary
The budget deal Congress approved on October 16 included $51 million in additional funding for the judiciary. But judges and federal public defenders warned the money won't do much to relieve the financial pressure they're already under.— National Law Journal, 10/21/13

After Shutdown, ASUAs Re-Start Their Stalled Civil Cases
Many assistant U.S. attorneys who were furloughed during the government shutdown returned to work on Oct. 17 after Congress voted to fund the government through mid-January 2014.— Texas Lawyer, 10/21/13

Government Shutdown Hurt Employment, Economic Growth
Hiring took a hit in the United States during the federal government shutdown in October, with U.S. workers reporting job creation at its lowest level in seven months, according to a Gallup poll. An average of 35 percent of workers said their employers were adding jobs; 17 percent said they were losing colleagues.— Corporate Counsel, 10/18/13

Shutdown Averted, Courts Still Face Budget Woes
The federal judiciary never felt the full brunt of the 16-day government shutdown, since alternative funds allowed courtrooms and clerks' offices to operate normally when other government operations stalled.— National Law Journal, 10/17/13

U.S. Business Community Lukewarm on Shutdown Deal
The U.S. business community gave a tepid endorsement of a deal worked out by Congress Wednesday to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, fearing the short-term agreement struck on the verge of a national default leaves the door open for another crisis in the coming months.— Blog of Legal Times, 10/17/13

Federal Judiciary Budget Increases in Last-Minute Budget Deal
The budget deal Congress approved late Wednesday to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling provides $51 million in additional funding to the judiciary and to federal defenders.— Blog of Legal Times, 10/16/13

WEEK THREE: WATCHING THE CLOCK


As Funding Deadline Looms, Courts Continue Shutdown Preparations
Federal judges across the country are pressing ahead with planning for the full effects of the government shutdown as lawmakers on Capitol Hill try to hammer out a deal to end the budget impasse. The federal judiciary is expected to exhaust alternative sources of funding to keep courts fully operational by the end of the week.— National Law Journal, 10/16/13

Payday Delayed For Attorneys For Indigent
Lawyers on the government payroll aren't the only attorneys who have felt the pinch of the partial federal government shutdown. Private practice lawyers appointed by the courts to represent indigent criminal defendants also have been squeezed.— Daily Report, 10/17/13

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