Response or Comment
In 1914 the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives unanimously reported favorably upon a bill (H. R. 133) authorizing the Supreme Court of the United States to prescribe by rule the forms, kind and character of the entire pleading, practice and procedure to be used in all actions and proceedings at law in the federal courts, with a view to their simplification, which rules should, when promulgated, take precedence of any law in conflict therewith. On January 2, 1917, a similar bill (S. 4551) was favorably reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee by a distinguished graduate of this Law School, Senator SUTHERLAND. The concurrence of the Judiciary Committees of the two houses of Congress gives promise of an early enactment of this legislation.
Sunderland, Edson R. "Simplification of Judicial Procedure in Federal Courts." Mich. L. Rev. 15 (1917): 325-6.