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University of Baltimore Law Review

Abstract

From their first year in law school through their careers, attorneys have been mystified by the twists and turns of the Erie doctrine and the seemingly incompatible unfolding of what Judge Friendly labeled the "new federal common law. " The author attempts afresh reconciliation through a review of both bodies of law. He concludes that in areas not directly covered by either the Constitution or federal statutes, federal courts are authorized to resolve convicts between federal and state rules through application of a federal procedural common law in much the same way that they have worked to resolve conflicts with state policy in areas offederal substantive concern.

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