The American University Law Review Hosts Annual Federal Circuit Symposium

November 28, 2018

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AUWCL Professor Christine Haight Farley, Thomas Wellington '91, and Dana N. Justus '11 speak on the symposium's trademarks panel.

On Nov. 16, 2018, the American University Law Review (AULR) was honored to host its annual Federal Circuit Symposium. 

The Federal Circuit symposium is the nation’s first and only academic symposium that is dedicated exclusively to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. AULR began dedicating an issue to the Federal Circuit in 1985 (34 Am. U. L. Rev. 593 (1985)).  Since then, the annual issue to the court has published insightful and relevant articles from esteemed scholars, practitioners, and members of the judiciary that highlight and analyze developments at the Federal Circuit.

This year’s Federal Circuit Symposium included panels featuring esteemed legal scholars, practitioners, and judges who offered in-depth analyses on developments in the areas of patent law, trademark law, government contracts, and international trade. AULR was privileged to welcome panelists such as John Golden and Karen Da Ponte Thornton, as well as distinguished American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) alumni, including the Honorable Thomas W. Wellington (J.D. ’91) and Dana N. Justus (J.D. ’11), to these enlightening discussions.

The Symposium was highlighted by a keynote interview of Judge Kathleen M. O’Malley, Circuit Judge, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. AUWCL Professor Jonas Anderson conducted the informative interview.

"It was an honor for me to have Judge O’Malley on campus for AULR’s annual symposium," Anderson said. "She provided a unique insight into working at the appellate court charged with reviewing the nation’s patent cases. But she also provided our students a chance to hear from a judge who has been in the trenches of patent cases at the appellate level as well as at the trial court level. It was a pleasure to interview such a candid and humorous federal judge."

Founded in 1952, AULR is the oldest and largest student-run publication at American University. AULR publishes six issues each year, and according to recent statistics, is ranked forty-second in the nation, is the thirty-second most-cited journal by the courts, and is the highest-ranked and most-cited of AUWCL’s family of legal publications.