On the Horizon: A New Federal Circuit—Part II


Part I of this piece reported that there could be as many as nine new judges appointed to the Federal Circuit by the end of 2012. Here, the authors consider how the Obama administration’s philosophy on judicial appointments and its past nominees to the other Federal appellate courts provide clues as to how the Federal Circuit bench may be reshaped in the next few years. The authors expect that, as in the past, only highly-qualified individuals will be nominated and confirmed, and believe that the President should appoint jurists who can bring to the court a fresh set of prior experiences and perspectives relevant to its jurisdiction.

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