In 2009, the Society initiated a series of Spring-Fall Lectures to be held in the Historic Dolley Madison House or other sites within the Federal Circuit complex on Madison Place at Lafayette Square. The lectures are open to the public at no charge and are directed to timely subjects related to the Federal Circuit and its location on one of the most historic places in the nation.
May lecture: The inaugural event in May featured author, historian, and local lecturer Anthony Pitch who spoke on his book “Oh, the Horror! Lafayette Square and Lincoln’s Assassination.”
October lecture: Professor of History Joseph McCartin of Georgetown University addressed the subject of his book “Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America.” This national event was one of the first major group of cases which were litigated and eventually decided by the Federal Circuit after its creation in 1982.
April lecture: Beth Taylor, independent scholar and historian, spoke on her book “A Slave in the White House – Paul Jennings and the Madisons” which centered on Mrs. Madison and her aide Jennings in her house on Madison Place in the 1840s.
October lecture: Local attorney Cliff Sloan lectured on his recent book “The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court” – Marbury v. Madison.
June lecture: Historical lecturer H. Jackson Knight spoke on a unique and little known subject from his book “Confederate Invention: The Story of the Confederate States Patent Office and Its Inventors.”
October lecture: Elizabeth Crum of the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum on Capitol Hill spoke on “The National Women’s Party: Political Rhetoric and the Battle for the Vote.” This lecture was held in the Benjamin Ogle Tayloe House which is part of the Court complex on Madison Place and was the former headquarters of the Women’s Party during the years 1916-17 at the height of the fight for suffrage.
June lecture: Lecturer, author, and historian Anthony Pitch returned to give a talk on his recent publication on the observance of the War of 1812: “The Burning of Washington – The British Invasion of 1814.” Because of the size of the attendance this lecture was held in the ceremonial courtroom of the Federal Circuit.
October lecture: Attorney James Ridgeway, an expert in the area of veteran law, spoke on the “Caring for Those Who Have Borne the Battle” and examined the history of veterans benefits from the Revolutionary War to the present day.
June lecture: David Stewart, trial and appellate attorney in Washington, spoke on Aaron Burr our Third Vice President who had a fateful friendship with James and Dolley Madison in the early 1800s. His aim was to establish an independent empire which failed although being tried for treason he was not convicted.
November lecture: The distinguished patent attorney Donald R. Dunner, Dean of the Federal Circuit Bar, spoke on the exclusive patent jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit including the past history before it was created in 1982, its present status after 30 years, and the future of the court.
June lecture: Edith Mayo, author, editor, and former curator of the First Ladies Exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution spoke on Dolley Madison and her part in “Creating a State for the Presidency.”
November lecture: The newly appointed commissioner to the International Trade Commission and former President of the Society Scott Kieff addressed patent adjudication across agencies, commissions, and courts.
May lecture: Michael Remington, former Chief Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and Judicial Administration spoke on “An Inside Story of the Creating of the Federal Circuit from a Legislative Perspective.” [See the 2015 Society Journal for this talk.]
November lecture: Professor Christopher Beauchamp of the Brooklyn Law School, author and educator, explored the importance of “The First Patent Litigation Explosion” which occurred in the middle of the Nineteenth Century and the lead causes for the boom which resulted.
May lecture: A panel composed of retired Judge Arthur Gajarsa of the Federal Circuit, Professor Ezra Ross of American University Washington College of Law, and moderated by Patrick Coyne, Vice President of the Society, addressed the subject of “Conqueror or Trustee: The Native American Experience in the Federal Circuit.”
December lecture: Author Nick Taylor spoke on the seemingly proceedings in the Patent and Trademark Office and court litigation over thirty years on the invention of Nobel Laureate Gordon Gould and its impact, if any, on the patent system.
May lecture: Dr. Tom Crouch, Senior Curator of the Aeronautics Department at the National Air and Space Museum, spoke on "The Bishop's Boy - A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright," their character, family background, and particularly their inventions which launched the Age of Aeronautics and brought on extended patent litigation against Glenn H. Curtiss.
September Dinner: 50th Anniversary of the National Courts Building Dinner
December lecture: Author Laura Kamoie spoke on portraying the past in fiction and non-fiction, and discussed the similarities and differences of the two approaches to writing stories about, researching, and understanding the past.
June lecture: Historian David O. Stewart addressed James Madison, sometimes overshadowed by his fellow Founders, and restored him to his proper place as the most significant framer of the new nation.
November lecture: Dr. W. Bernard Carlson narrated the invention of radio as a race between two rivals, Marconi and Nikola Tesla, to suggest how modern technologies are shaped by personality, business strategy, and other economic and social factors, as well as twists and turns in patent litigation.
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