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07.28.2011 Blog

Circuit Judge Glenn L. Archer, Jr. (1929-2011)


The Federal Circuit Bar Association has this tribute to Circuit Judge Archer, who passed away on July 27, 2011:


The fabric of our justice institutions is strong, reflecting the leadership, professional skills, good humor, and integrity of our judges. Judge Archer’s career blended public and private representation, creating a broad perspective on our system and the importance of all stakeholders. The Association offers its sympathies to Judge Archer’s family and shares their pride and appreciation for his contribution to the Nation and to every individual whose life he touched.


The Federal Circuit website provides this brief biography:


GLENN L. ARCHER, JR. was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and assumed duties as Circuit Judge on December 23, 1985. He became Chief Judge on March 18, 1994, and served in that capacity until December 24, 1997. He assumed senior status on December 25, 1997. Judge Archer served as Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice from 1982 to 1984. Prior to that appointment, he was an associate in the Washington, DC law firm of Hamel, Park, McCabe and Saunders from 1956 to1960 and a partner from 1960 to 1981. Judge Archer served as First Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Office, United States Air Force from 1954 to 1956. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1951 and a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University Law School in 1954.