Randall Rader

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Randall Rader
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Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Title:   Former judge
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   8/9/1990-6/30/2014
Chief:   2010-5/31/2014
Preceded by:   Jean Bissell
Past post:   Judge, United States Court of Claims
Past term:   1988-1990
Personal History
Born:   1949
Home state:   Nevada
Undergraduate:   Brigham Young University, 1974
Law School:   George Washington University Law, 1978

Randall Ray Rader is a former federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.[1] He joined the court in 1990 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush.

Rader stepped down as chief judge of the Federal Circuit on May 30, 2014.[2] Chief Justice Rader's decision to step down followed his recusal from patent cases, after Rader sent an email to a patent lawyer who practices in the Federal Circuit. Many in the legal profession questioned Rader's impartiality after the commendatory email became public.[3] Judge Rader retired on June 30, 2014 as a result of the questioned impartiality.[4]


Rader graduated from Brigham Young (BYU) with his bachelor's degree in 1974 and later graduated from George Washington Law with his J.D. degree in 1978.[1]

Professional career

  • 1988-1990: Judge, United States Court of Claims
  • 1987-1988: Chief counsel and minority staff director, Subcommittee on Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • 1981-1988: Counsel, U.S. Sen.Orrin Hatch, Utah
  • 1981-1986: Chief counsel, Subcommittee on the Constitution, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • 1978-1981: Counsel, U.S. Rep. Philip Crane, Illinois
  • 1978-1981: Legislative director, United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means
  • 1975-1978: Legislative assistant, U.S. Rep. Virginia Smith, Nebraska[1]

Judicial career

Rader was nominated by President George H.W. Bush on June 12, 1990 to a seat vacated by Jean Bissell as Bissell died in active judicial service.[5] Rader was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 3, 1990 on unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on August 9, 1990. He served on the Federal Circuit until his retirement on June 30, 2014.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Jean Bissell
Federal Circuit
Succeeded by: