In Memoriam: The Hon. Glenn L. Archer
The Law School celebrates the life and legacy of The Hon. Glenn L. Archer, J.D. ’54, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit who passed away in July. Judge Archer was a distinguished alumnus who is remembered by many in the GW Law community with fondness and respect.
"GW Law has long had a tradition of graduates serving on the Federal Circuit, and Judge Archer was a core part of fostering GW's prominence there. The Law School will miss him greatly," said Dean Paul Schiff Berman.
Judge Archer was appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan and assumed duties as circuit judge in 1985. He became chief judge in 1994 and served in that capacity until 1997, when he assumed senior status.
“As the third chief judge of the Federal Circuit, Judge Archer led the Court through a time of significant transition,” said John M. Whealan, Intellectual Property Advisory Board Associate Dean for Intellectual Property Law Studies. “But he will be equally remembered for the kindness and respect he showed to all those he encountered.”
Judge Archer’s earlier work includes serving as an assistant attorney general of the United States Department of Justice Tax Division. From 1956 to 1981, he was an associate and later partner in the Washington, DC, law firm of Hamel, Park, McCabe & Saunders. Judge Archer also served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Office from 1954 to 1956.