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Announcements in 2014

The Federal Circuit is pleased to announce a new Attorney Admissions Search utility available on the court's Internet web site. This self-service utility will allow allow attorneys to enter their name and verify both their admissions status and admissions date with the Federal Circuit. Click here to access this new tool. Users only need to enter their Last name and optionally, their First name to run the search.

Note: Attorneys who are not registered in CM/ECF, will not be able to search for their admissions information until they have registered in the CM/ECF system.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit announces the appointment of CARTER G. PHILLIPS as the new Chair of the Federal Circuit Advisory Council. Mr. Phillips is a partner in the firm of Sidley Austin, LLP. He is a long-standing member of the Federal Circuit Bar and has argued 25 cases before the Court. Mr. Phillips previously served on the Advisory Council from 2000 to 2012, including as Chair from 2003 to 2005. The Court congratulates Mr. Phillips on his selection.

Circuit Judge Alan Lourie presented the State of the Court Address at the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Conference on June 19, 2014. Judge Lourie described the Federal Circuit as “very healthy and operating well.” Click here to read his complete remarks.

On Saturday, May 31, 2014, Circuit Judge Sharon Prost succeeded Chief Judge Randall R. Rader as the seventh Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Chief Judge Prost was appointed to the Federal Circuit in 2001 by President George W. Bush.

Chief Judge Prost has 40 years of government service working in all three branches of the federal government. In the Executive Branch, she served as an attorney at the Federal Labor Relations Authority and the Internal Revenue Service, and as both Associate Solicitor and Acting Solicitor at the National Labor Relations Board.

In the Legislative Branch, Judge Prost was Chief Labor Counsel for the Minority of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Relations, and Minority Chief Counsel, Deputy Chief Counsel and Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Judge Prost received a B.S. from Cornell University in 1973, an M.B.A. from The George Washington University in 1975, a J.D. from the Washington College of Law, American University in 1979, and an LL.M. from The George Washington University School of Law in 1984.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be closed on Monday, March 17, 2014, due to the inclement weather. For purposes of computation of time and for motions to enlarge time under Fed. R. App. Proc. 26 and Fed. Cir. R. 26, March 17, 2104 will be considered a "legal holiday".