Monday, October 25, 2010

Judges Series: Chief Judge Randall Rader

Chief Judge Randall Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit enjoys teaching.  In fact, Rader's court biography states that his "most prized title may well be 'Professor Rader.'"  He has taught intellectual property at George Washington, University of Virginia, and Georgetown law schools, as well as internationally in Munich, Tokyo, Taipei, New Delhi, and Beijing.  A short video clip of the judge discussing intellectual property is linked here.

Chief Judge Rader also frequently speaks at conferences and similar events.  Last week alone, Rader spoke at three events, per the Federal Circuit website.  Earlier this year, Rader granted an in-depth interview to Gene Quinn of IPWatchdog, linked here, discussing everything from opinion assignments and dissents, to the anticipated turnover on the Federal Circuit, to how presiding over trials benefits an appellate judge, as well as some lighter fare, including Rader's fifth grade report on space travel and answer to Kirk or Picard?  (Kirk.)  For more information, see Rader biographies here (Federal Judicial Center) and here (Federal Circuit).  

Other items of note:

Worked from 1975-1988 on Capitol Hill, on both the House and Senate sides, including seven years with the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Orrin Hatch.

Served on the U.S. Claims Court (now the U.S. Court of Federal Claims) from 1988-1990.

Nominated to the Federal Circuit by George H.W. Bush and confirmed in 1990; became chief judge in 2010.

Has written about the history and unique aspects of the Federal Circuit, as well as development of law within it.  Randall R. Rader, IntroductionSpecialized Courts: The Legislative Response, 40 Am. U. L. Rev. 1003 (1991); The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: The Promise and Perils of a Court of Limited Jurisdiction, 5 Marq. Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 1 (2001) (linked here); ForewordAlways at the Margin: Inequitable Conduct in Flux, 59 Am. U. L. Rev. 777 (2010) (linked here).

Graduated from Brigham Young University (B.A., 1974) and George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1978).

Born 1949 in Hastings, NE.

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