Judicial Conference

By statute, the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit may hold a conference “for the purpose of considering the business of the courts and advising means of improving the administration of justice within the circuit.” 28 U.S.C. § 333.  These conferences are typically held in even-numbered years and have open registration for all members of the Federal Circuit’s bar to attend and to participate in the conference.

Information about the 2024 Federal Circuit Judicial Conference will be posted here once it becomes available.

2022 Judicial Conference

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hold its next Judicial Conference on Friday, September 9, 2022, at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.


Registration closed on September 5, 2022.


Please be advised of the following COVID protocols we’ll be implementing to do our best to ensure the environment is as safe as possible for all attendees.


  1. When you check in, you will be asked to show proof of your negative COVID test (any PCR/antigen or like test, including a self-administered rapid one) taken within the prior 24 hours. This proof may be a photo on your phone of your negative test result (e.g., a photo of the result of a home-testing kit), a lab report – just about anything tangible.
  2. Any attendee who, for any reason, doesn’t have such tangible proof upon arriving at check-in will be provided a test kit by the court, asked to complete the test in a restroom or other suitable area away from the check-in tables, and return with proof of a negative result as described above.
  3. PLEASE DO NOT PRESENT bio-hazardous materials to court staff checking you in.  Take a photo or use some alternative method.
  4. Masks are optional.  However, whether you wear a mask or not, you must provide proof of a negative COVID test as described above.
  5. If you are experiencing COVID symptoms on the day of the event, you may not attend, subject to the following exception. Persons with COVID symptoms that do not present a risk of viral transmission (for example, someone who’s recovered from COVID but continues to test positive or to display symptoms such as mild cough or congestion, or someone suffering from seasonal allergies) may attend as long as they bring documentation (e.g., an email or note) from a treating physician or other health authority confirming they do not present a threat of passing the virus to others.
  6. If you have COVID symptoms and/or test positive but do not have a doctor’s note as described in paragraph 5 above, and are therefore unable to attend, you are encouraged to transfer your registration to another member of your firm, agency, or the like. (For assistance transferring your registration to another attendee, you may email Judicial Conference staff at judicialconference@cafc.uscourts.gov or your replacement should visit the “General Information” desk at the Conference.)  If the option to transfer is unavailable, you will be refunded your conference registration fee, less the $50 cancellation fee.


See below for the full conference agenda.