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March 28, 2007

Law Alumni To Discuss Experiences Clerking With Federal Appeals Court

Two UI law alumni who clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will discuss their experiences working for the prestigious and unique court at the University of Iowa College of Law at 9:10 a.m. Friday, March 30, in Room 235 of the Boyd Law Building.

Jay Johnson and Deanna Reichel, 2002 graduates of the UI law school, will discuss the unique issues confronting the Federal Circuit. The session will be moderated by Des Moines attorneys Wendy Marsh and Rob Hodgson from the intellectual property law firm McKee Voorhees & Sease.

Created in 1982 to handle appeals in patent infringement matters and a few other areas, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has now become the world's leading patent court. Federal Circuit judges traditionally have selected clerks only from the nation's leading law schools. The 12-judge court sits in Washington, D.C.

Reichel clerked for Federal Circuit Judge Raymond Clevenger III in 2002-03, while Johnson clerked for him in 2004-05.

Johnson currently practices with the firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. with a focus on intellectual property litigation, international intellectual property law and trade-related issues. He also clerked for the U.S. District Court of Kansas.

Reichel practices in the Minneapolis office of the firm of Fish & Richardson, also with a focus on intellectual property law, particularly in the area of technology.

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