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Notices & Announcements

Notice of New Revised Protocols for In-Person Arguments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued Revised Protocols for In-Person Arguments (pdf) that will apply to the June 2022 court sitting and subsequent sittings until further notice.  The current Revised Protocols for in-Person Arguments (pdf), issued January 18, 2022, will remain in place for the May 2022 session.  Based on the Revised Protocols, the court has also updated the Certification of Compliance (Form 33A) (pdf) required to be filed ahead of time for all arguing counsel.  These materials are available on the court’s website.

Swearing-in of the Honorable Leonard P. Stark

During a private ceremony held in chambers this afternoon at the National Courts Building in Washington, D.C., Leonard P. Stark was sworn in as a United States Judge for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Chief Judge Kimberly A. Moore administered the oath of office to Judge Stark, which was witnessed by several of the court’s judges, as well as members of Judge Stark’s family.

Judge Stark’s biography is available on the court’s website.

Chief Judge Kimberly A. Moore swears-in Judge Stark on the Lincoln Bible, which was held by his wife, Beth Stark.

Circuit Judge Kathleen M. O’Malley Retires from the Federal Circuit

The Honorable Kathleen M. O’Malley retired from judicial service on March 11, 2022.  Judge O’Malley began her service on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on December 27, 2010, following her appointment by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the Senate.  Prior to her appointment, Judge O’Malley served for sixteen years as a district judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  Judge O’Malley’s full biography is now available on the Federal Judicial Center’s website.

Celebrating Women’s History Month at the Federal Circuit

On Thursday, March 10, 2022, the Federal Circuit celebrated Women’s History Month hosting an all-female judge panel to discuss their careers and personal history with court staff. 

Pictured from left to right: Judge O’Malley, Judge Newman, Chief Judge Moore, Judge Prost, Judge Stoll, Judge Cunningham

Clerk’s Office Earns Award and Certification for Operational Efficiencies

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is pleased to share that its Clerk’s Office was recently awarded and certified for its innovative process efficiencies and quality improvements by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Government Division, an organization that objectively evaluates the quality of government operations. The silver-level award certifies that the Clerk’s Office was assessed under the ASQ/ANSI G1:2021 Guidelines for Evaluating the Quality of Government Operations and Services and reflects the office’s systematic use of the standard’s system and process maturity models to improve services over a two-year period.  As part of these enhancements, the Clerk’s Office has also greatly reduced internal processing times for cases.  The full article highlighting this achievement by the Clerk’s Office is available at the U.S. Courts website.

The Clerk’s Office of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is the first government organization to seek and attain award-level validation and certification of the maturity of their key operational processes and systems under the G1 standard.

Notice of Resumption of In-Person Arguments for the March 2022 Session

Due to changing public health conditions in the National Capital Region, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will resume in-person arguments for the March 2022 court sitting.  Attendance remains limited to arguing counsel and one necessary attendee.  All attendees must adhere to the court’s Revised Protocols for In-Person Arguments, including providing proof of negative COVID-19 test results as outlined in the protocols.

Rescheduling of the 2022 Judicial Conference

After careful consideration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has decided to reschedule its 2022 Judicial Conference from April 1 to September 9, 2022. Additional information about the conference will be available later this year.

Due to this scheduling change, the Federal Circuit will no longer sit for arguments on September 9, 2022. An updated session calendar will be posted on the the court’s website.