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Paul Michel

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Paul Redmond Michel was the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.[1] He joined the court in 1987 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Michel retired from the court effective May 31, 2010.[2][3]


Michel graaduated from Williams with his bachelor's degree in 1963 and later graduated from Virginia Law with his J.D. degree in 1966 and also served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1966 to 1972.[1]


Michel began his career with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office as Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Deputy District Attorney for Investigations from 1966 to 1974. In 1974, he became an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor for a year. From 1975 to 1976, Michel was Assistant Counsel for the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. Next, he became Deputy Chief and lead prosecutor in the Koregate Scandal in the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice before becoming Associate Deputy U.S. Attorney General from 1978 to 1981. In 1981, Michel became Counsel and Administrative Assistant to Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Arlen Specter from 1981 to 1988. Additionally, he worked as an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington Law and at John Marshall Law.[1]

Federal judicial career

Michel was nominated by Ronald Reagan on December 19, 1987 to a seat vacated by Phillip Baldwin as Baldwin assumed senior status. Michel was Confirmed by the Senate on February 29, 1988 on a majority voice vote and received commission on March 4, 1988. Michel has served as the chief judge of the Federal Circuit since 2004.[4]

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