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The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure first became effective seventy-five years ago, on September 16, 1938.[1]  Subject to frequent but relatively minor amendments, the FRCP remain in force today.  The new rules culminated decades of creeping reform, with dramatic effect.  Upon enactment, the FRCP at once unified civil practice in the federal district courts.  They also implemented a particular theory for the adjudication of disputes. Rule 2 epitomizes the approach of the FRCP, stating in its entirety: “There is ...