Lecture and Panel to Feature Federal Circuit Chief Judge Rader on January 18

The Hon. Randall R. Rader, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, will present “A View from the Federal Circuit: A Conversation with Chief Judge Randall R. Rader” from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, January 18 in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (AB Hall, No. 310). The event will include a panel discussion on patent law moderated by Professor Kevin Collins with panelists the Hon. Audrey Fleissig, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri; Alan H. Norman, Thompson Coburn; and Bryan K. Wheelock, Harness Dickey. A reception will follow in the Janite Lee Reading Room.

The event, which is open to the public, is co-sponsored by the law school’s Intellectual Property & Technology Law Program, China Law Society, and Charles & Bunny Burson Student Activities Fund. It is eligible for 1 MCLE credit in Missouri.

Chief Judge Rader has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit since 1990; he assumed the duties of Chief Judge in 2010. He previously served on the United States Claims Court (now the United States Court of Federal Claims), beginning in 1988.

The Federal Circuit is unique among the 13 Circuit Courts of Appeals. It has nationwide jurisdiction in a variety of subject areas, including international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the United States government, federal personnel, veterans’ benefits, and public safety officers’ benefits claims. Appeals to the court come from all federal district courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of International Trade, and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Chief Judge Rader is the co-author of several texts, including a widely used textbook on U. S. patent law, Cases and Materials on Patent Law, and Patent Law in a Nutshell. He has taught patent law and other advanced intellectual property courses at numerous law schools in the United States and abroad. Among his many accolades, he has won acclaim for leading dozens of government and educational delegations to every continent (except Antarctica), teaching rule of law and intellectual property law principles.

Before his appointment to the Court of Federal Claims, Chief Judge Rader served as Minority and Majority Chief Counsel to the Subcommittees of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From 1975 to 1980, he served as Counsel in the House of Representatives for representatives serving on the Interior, Appropriations, and Ways and Means Committees. He received a BA in English from Brigham Young University in 1974 and a JD from George Washington University Law School in 1978.


  • The Hon. Audrey G. Fleissig serves as a judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Before her appointment to the bench, she was the first woman to hold the post of United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. As an assistant United States Attorney and then as the United States Attorney, she prosecuted a wide range of cases, including violent crimes, hate crimes, white collar crimes, and bankruptcy fraud. She previously was a litigator at the St. Louis firm of Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel and Hetlage. 
  • Alan H. Norman is a partner at Thompson Coburn in St. Louis, where he co-chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. The emphasis of his practice is patent litigation at both the trial and appellate court levels. His litigation experience includes significant work representing clients in diverse technologies, including telecommunications, computer networks, software, and mechanical devices. He also has significant experience in inter partes and ex parte reexamination proceedings, and in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the mechanical arts.
  • Bryan Wheelock is a principal at Harness Dickey in St. Louis. His practice includes preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications and drafting of intellectual property agreements, including non-compete agreements. He has brought and defended lawsuits in federal and state courts relating to intellectual property and has participated in seizures of counterfeit and infringing goods. He prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications for medical devices, mechanical and electromechanical devices, manufacturing machinery and processes, metal alloys, and other materials.


  • Kevin Emerson Collins is a patent law teacher and scholar at the Washington University School of Law who frequently uses an interdisciplinary lens to shed new light on patent law. After earning his law degree from Stanford, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, while she served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City, and for the Hon. Raymond C. Clevenger on the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.