“A View From the Federal Circuit: A Conversation With Chief Judge Randall R. Rader” Jan. 18

The Hon. Randall R. Rader, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, will offer his perspectives on the court Friday, Jan. 18, at Washington University in St. Louis.

His presentation, “A View From the Federal Circuit: A Conversation With Chief Judge Randall R. Rader,” including a panel discussion with members of local bar associations, takes place from 3-4:15 p.m. in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 310); a reception will follow in the Janite Lee Reading Room.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the law school’s Intellectual Property & Technology Law Program, China Law Society and Charles & Bunny Burson Student Activities Fund. It is eligible for 1 MCLE credit in Missouri.

Panelists include Hon. Audrey G. Fleissig, JD, judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Alan H. Norman, JD, partner at Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, and Bryan Wheelock, JD, principal at Harness Dickey in St. Louis. Kevin E. Collins, JD, WUSTL professor of law, will serve as moderator.


Chief Judge Rader has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit since 1990; he assumed the duties of chief judge in 2010. He previously served on the U.S. Claims Court (now the U.S. Court of Federal Claims), beginning in 1988.

The Federal Circuit is unique among the 13 Circuit Courts of Appeals. It has nationwide jurisdiction in a variety of subject areas, including international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the U.S. government, federal personnel, veterans’ benefits, and public safety officers’ benefits claims.

Appeals to the court come from all federal district courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Rader is the co-author of several texts, including the widely used textbook on U.S. patent law Cases and Materials on Patent Law and Patent Law in a Nutshell.

He has taught patent law and other advanced intellectual property courses at numerous law schools in the United States and abroad. Among his many accolades, he has won acclaim for leading dozens of government and educational delegations to every continent (except Antarctica), teaching rule of law and intellectual property law principles.

Before his appointment to the Court of Federal Claims, Rader served as minority and majority chief counsel to the subcommittees of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From 1975 to 1980, he served as counsel in the House of Representatives for representatives serving on the Interior, Appropriations, and Ways and Means committees. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University in 1974 and a juris doctorate from George Washington University Law School in 1978.

To RSVP for the event, visit http://law.wustl.edu/faculty/forms/rsvpform.asp?BookingID=234714