Farheena Y. Rasheed, Deputy Solicitor, United States Patent and Trademark OfficePanelists:
Dennis Fan, Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice
Luke McCloud, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP
Jaime Santos, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
On its website, the Federal Circuit describes itself as “unique among the thirteen Circuit Courts of Appeals.” And it is! It is a court of specialization: international trade, patents, government contracts, veterans’ benefits, federal personnel, and more. For those of us who have dedicated our careers to these areas, this is our Court. We know the Court and its rules, written and unwritten alike, as well as anyone. But with all our specialized expertise, some of us also have to admit that, well, we don’t get out much.
The appellate experts on this panel, though, have gotten out. And they have stories to tell. How do the other circuit courts of appeal handle briefing, the record, and oral argument? What do they do well? What quirks make them interesting? What would be the reasons for or against adopting some of the practices of the regional circuits in the Federal Circuit?
Please join us for what will be an interesting and enlightening discussion.