Jimmie Reyna Nominated to Federal Circuit

President Obama has announced the nomination of Jimmie Reyna to the Federal Circuit to fill the seat of Judge Mayer who took senior status on June 30.

Mr. Reyna is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Williams Mullen where he is head of the firm’s international trade and customs practice group.  Mr. Reyna serves on the U.S. roster of dispute settlement panelists for trade disputes under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Mechanism for both trade in goods and trade in services. 

He is a former president of the National Hispanic Bar Association.  He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1975 and received a law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1978. 

He does not appear to have much, if any, experience in intellectual property or patent matters.  President Obama clearly nominated him for his expertise in international trade issues.

It is unknown if or when Mr. Reyna would be confirmed.  It will definitely not happen in the current Congress.  Judge Kathleen O’Malley was nominated in March to the vacancy created when Judge Schall took senior status.  She received a confirmation hearing in July, but has yet to receive a vote by the Judiciary Committee.  Edward DuMont was nominated in April to replace retiring Chief Judge Paul Michel.  He has yet to even get a hearing.

Meanwhile, the Federal Circuit operates with nine active judges.

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    [...] the U.S. Senate confirmed Jimmie Reyna to a seat on the Federal Circuit by a vote of 86-0.  Reyna was nominated on September 29, 2010, a mere 187 days before his [...]

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