Conference Calls: Generally, the parties are to initiate the call into chambers. Where there are two phone calls, my Judicial Assistant will join the calls. When there are more than two calls, however, I prefer that the parties either join into a conference call amongst themselves and then call into chambers, or provide my Judicial Assistant or Law Clerk with a conference call-in number and code.
I prefer that attorneys participate in conference calls via land line, when possible. Attorneys should also participate via handset rather than speakerphone, when possible. Both of these preferences prevent counsel's voices from being lost in the connection of the various phone calls.