Judge Arthur J. Gajarsa, who last year took senior status, announced his retirement from the Federal Circuit as of June 30. Judge Gajarsa, 71, was appointed to the Federal Circuit in 1997 by President Clinton. Given that he was already on senior status, this announcement does not create a further vacancy on the court.
Other Judges and Possible Vacancies
The senior active judge on the court is Pauline Newman. Judge Newman, 85, was appointed to the court by President Reagan in 1984. She hasn’t given any indication that she may retire.
Judge Alan Lourie, 77, has been on the court since 1990. He is also eligible for senior status.
Chief Judge Randall Rader, 63, would be eligible for senior status in 2014.
Judge William Bryson, 66, has been a member of the court since 1994. He is eligible for senior status.
Judge Richard Linn, 68, joined the court in 2000. Judge Linn will become eligible for senior status in 2013.
Judge Timothy Dyk, 75, has also been on the court since 2000. He is eligible for senior status.
Judge Sharon Prost, 61, has been on the court since 2001. She will be eligible for senior status in 2016.
Judges Kimberly Moore, 44, Kathleen O’Malley, 56, and Jimmie Reyna, 59, each have a number of years before they will be eligible for senior status.
Judge Evan Wallach, 63, has been on the court since 2011. By virtue of his service on the Court of International Trade, he will be eligible for senior status in 2014.
Judges Robert Mayer, Jay Plager, Raymond Clevenger, and Anthony Schall also continue to serve on the court in senior status.
There is also a vacancy on the court as the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Richard Taranto’s nomination March 29. The full Senate has yet to take action on the nomination.
HT: Hal Wegner