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The Honorable Todd M. Hughes became the newest member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday morning, September 30, 2013, at a swearing-in ceremony in the chambers of Chief Judge Randall R. Rader. The Chief Judge administered the oath of office at approximately 11:00am while Judge Hughes placed his hand on the historic Lincoln Bible, which was held by his mother, Barbara.  Friends and family members who witnessed the swearing-in included Leanne Macel, Geovette Washington, Armando Bonilla, Jackie Bonilla, Laurel Rimon, Martin Hockey, Sean McNamara, Claudia Burke, Reid Prouty, Jeanne Davidson, Cristina Ashworth, Will Ashworth,  and Andy Zehe.

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Chief Judge Randall R. Rader swears in Circuit Judge Todd M. Hughes, while his mother Barbara Hughes holds the Lincoln Bible and his father, Michael Hughes, looks on.

Members of the court who witnessed the ceremony included: Judge Pauline Newman, Judge Alan Lourie, Judge Raymond Clevenger, Judge Timothy Dyk, Judge Sharon Prost, Judge Kimberly Moore, Judge Kathleen O'Malley, Judge Jimmie Reyna, Judge Evan Wallach, Judge Richard Taranto, and Judge Raymond Chen.

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From left: Chief Judge Rader, Judge Prost, Judge Wallach,  Judge Taranto, Judge Reyna, Judge Dyk, Judge Hughes, Judge O’Malley, Judge Moore, Judge Chen, Judge Lourie, Judge Clevenger and Judge Newman.

The Senior Staff of the court was represented by Circuit Executive Daniel E. O’Toole.  James Benjamin of the Clerk's Office served as Notary Public and Shannon Savage, of the Administrative Services Office, took photographs.  Jinrong Li and Patricia Grob, members of Chief Judge Rader’s staff, were also present.

Judge Hughes was nominated by President Obama on February 7, 2013 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on September 24, 2013.