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Announcements in 2013

The Honorable Richard G. Taranto became the newest member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday afternoon, March 15, 2013 at a swearing-in ceremony in the chambers of Chief Judge Randall Rader. The Chief Judge administered the oath of office at approximately 2:00pm while Judge Taranto placed his hand on the historic Lincoln Bible, which was held by his wife Vicki Plaut. Judge Taranto was accompanied by Nora Taranto (daughter), Ella Taranto (daughter), Julius Taranto (son), Judge Arthur Gajarsa, Bartow Farr, David Reiser, John Thorne, Michael Kellogg, Aaron Panner, Sara Thorne and George Pappas.


Taranto swearing in

Chief Judge Randall R. Rader swears in Circuit Judge Richard G. Taranto. Vicki Plaut, Judge Taranto's wife, holds the Lincoln Bible.

Members of the court who witnessed the ceremony included: Judge Pauline Newman, Judge Jay Plager, Judge Alan Lourie, Judge Raymond Clevenger, Judge William Bryson, Judge Timothy Dyk, Judge Sharon Prost, Judge Kimberly Moore, and Judge Kathleen O'Malley.

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From left: Chief Judge Rader, Judge Bryson, Judge Gajarsa, Judge Clevenger, Judge Lourie, Judge Taranto, Judge Newman, Judge Dyk, Judge Prost, Judge Moore, Judge O’Malley, Judge Plager 

The Senior Staff of the court were represented by Circuit Executive Jan Horbaly. James Benjamin of the Clerk's Office served as Notary Public, Shannon Savage, also of the Clerk's Office, took photographs. Members of Chief Judge Rader's staff who attended included: Kate Toth, Jinrong Li, Patricia Grob, James Hughes, David Hrick and Philip Sheng.

Judge Taranto was nominated by President Obama on November 10, 2011, re-nominated on January 3, 2013, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on March 11, 2013. 

Due to the inclement weather in the Washington, DC area, the Federal Circuit is closed as of 1:00pm today. 

The Federal Circuit is OPEN today, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Oral arguments will proceed as scheduled beginning at 10:00am.

The judges and staff of the Federal Circuit mourn with the wider legal community the death of Professor Daniel J. Meador, James Monroe Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Virginia.  As an Assistant Attorney General in the Carter Administration, it was Meador who devised the idea of a national court comprising the Court of Claims and the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals which developed into the creation of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Professor Meador’s leadership on the creation of the Federal Circuit rightly earned him the moniker of Founding Father of the Court. In a condolence letter to Mrs. Meador, Chief Judge Rader wrote, “The presence of the Federal Circuit on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. is a memorial and tribute to your husband’s imagination and vision.”

Due to the late opening of the court today, the disposition sheet will be posted at 1:00pm.