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Part 2: Don Dunner on CAFC Judges & Future CAFC Candidates

Posted: Sunday, Feb 27, 2011 @ 9:58 am | Written by Gene Quinn | Comments Off
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Donald Dunner

In part 1 of my interview with Don Dunner we talked about how he managed to  become the the dean of CAFC appellate advocates, arguing more than 150 cases before the court.  We also discussed many of his most high profile cases and his approach to handling multiple simultaneous appeals.  In this second installment of my interview with Dunner we talk about which judges on the Federal Circuit ask the most difficult questions, who he thinks are capable candidates for future federal circuit vacancies, why the Federal Circuit was created as a specialty court, continued hostility toward a purely specialty court and Congressman Issa’s attempt to create a pseudo-specialty trial court for patent issues.  We also touch upon the familiar fun questions and learn that one of Dunner’s favorite movies is a well known courtroom comedy.

How About a Patent Attorney for the Federal Circuit?

Posted: Monday, Jan 10, 2011 @ 6:23 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 12 comments
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Inventive Step is reporting that President Obama has renominated Edward C. DuMont and Jimmie Reyna to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Oddly, the press release announcing the renomination of DuMont and Reyna, along with the renomination of 40 others, is not available from  On January 5, 2011, President Obama forwarded numerous nominations to the Senate, but the press release naming the 42 judges isn’t available. The only place where I could find a copy of the press release, which was apparently sent to some journalists and just not published otherwise, is here.

In any event, President Obama nominated both DuMont and Reyna in 2010.  DuMont was nominated in April to take the position opened by the retirement of Chief Judge Michel and Reyna was nominated in September to take the position opened by Judge Mayer’s decision to take senior status.  Neither individual had a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, a prerequisite to an up or down vote by the full Senate.  Perhaps the Senate Judiciary Committee will take swifter action on these nominations in 2011, but even if they do there is no guarantee that the Senate will have an up or down vote.

Judge Kathleen O’Malley Finally Confirmed by Senate for CAFC

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010 @ 8:16 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 8 comments
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Judge Kathleen O'Malley

On March 10, 2010, District Court Judge Kathleen O’Malley was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Alvin Schall, who retired from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Earlier today, Judge O’Malley was confirmed by the United States Senate, see Senate Confirms Five Judicial Nominees.  O’Malley’s confirmation, along with the confirmation of 18 others in recent days, is the result of a deal between Senate Democrats and Republicans that ensured passage of 19 nominations in exchange for an agreement not to move forward with other controversial nominations, including the hotly challenged nomination of Goodwin Lui, who is Associate Dean and Professor of Law at University of California Berkeley School of Law.  O’Malley will join 15 other colleagues on the Federal Circuit, 6 of who are on senior status.

Judge O’Malley has served on the the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio since being appointed by President William J. Clinton on September 20, 1994 and confirmed by a voice vote of the Senate on October 12, 1994.  See Thomas: Nomination PN1786-103.