Here at FindLaw, we understand the pressures of being a legal professional - most of us are recovering lawyers - so we want to help by tossing you that preferred life preserver of the legal profession, the short list. Today’s offering: The Federal Circuit’s latest addition, Richard Taranto.
The Senate is slowly filling the vacancies (and pending vacancies) on the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Last week, senators confirmed Richard Taranto as the appellate court’s newest judge. On Friday, Judge Taranto was sworn in. (Beware the Ides of March no more, eh Judge?)
Unanimous. Judge Taranto was confirmed last week in a 91-0 vote. While it's impressive to clear the Senate with that level of support, Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach flew through the confirmation process with a 99-0 vote.
The Usual Credentials. While the Federal Circuit gig is Judge Taranto's first foray on the bench, he has the standard appellate judge credentials. Taranto graduated from Yale Law School in 1981, and later clerked for Judge Robert Bork on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. He worked as an Assistant to the Solicitor General for three years before returning to private practice. Taranto has taught patent law at both Harvard Law School and Georgetown University Law Center.