Sharon Prost Delivers A. Sidney Katz Lecture

The Hon. Sharon Prost (center) surrounded by several of her law clerks 

The Hon. Sharon Prost, LLM ’84, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, visited GW Law in March to deliver the spring A. Sidney Katz Lecture. The chief judge offered insights from her government service career to the large audience comprising faculty members, current students, alumni, and a number of her former law clerks.

In a departure from the usual lecture format, three former clerks, Rama Elluru, Matthias Kamber, JD ’02, and Adam Shartzer, JD ’08, sat down with Chief Judge Prost to conduct an informal interview. She answered questions about current topics related to her work on the Federal Circuit, including how the court’s operation has changed over the years, her opinion on the patent reform legislation currently in Congress, and the progress of the court’s international outreach. A judge for 13 years, she also shared a rare glimpse into the court’s inner workings, explaining what it is like to integrate newly appointed judges and the collaboration that occurs between the judges and clerks when deciding cases.

Chief Judge Prost’s passion for the IP field, the court’s docket, and the Federal Circuit itself was evident throughout the exchange. Summing up her work, she said, “The issues are fabulous. There’s not a month that goes by when I get my briefs that I don’t see a new and interesting issue that I haven’t seen before.”