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The Federal Circuit Mourns the Death of Professor Daniel J. Meador

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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.”