Alumnus and U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit to Address Graduates at Diploma Ceremony

Chief Judge Randall R. Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, JD ‘78, will deliver the keynote address during the GW Law School Diploma Ceremony at the Smith Center at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2013.

“Even as a busy federal jurist, Randy Rader is an active and present figure in the GW Law community and it will be a privilege and pleasure for us to hear his remarks at graduation,” said Interim Dean Gregory Maggs.

Chief Judge Rader was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1990 and assumed the duties of Chief Judge in 2010.  He previously served as a judge on the United States Claims Court (now the U.S. Court of Federal Claims), was the Minority and Majority Chief Counsel to Subcommittees of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and was Counsel in the House of Representatives for representatives serving on the Interior, Appropriations, and Ways and Means Committees.

The distinguished alumnus earned his JD from George Washington University Law School in 1978.  He has been an adjunct professor at the Law School since 1990, teaching large classes of Patent Law and other advanced intellectual property law courses. In 2008, the graduating class awarded him the adjunct Distinguished Faculty Service Award. He has co-authored several texts, including the most widely used textbook on U.S. patent law. Chief Judge Rader has also devoted much time over the years to the development of the GW Law India Studies Project, an initiative that uses legal education to help build bridges between the United States and India.

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