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Judge Pauline Newman to Receive the American Inns of Court 2018 Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Award for Professionalism and Ethics


Judge Pauline Newman has been selected to receive the prestigious 2018 American
Inns of Court Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Award for Professionalism and Ethics
The award will be presented to Newman by Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn
at the organization's annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme
Court of the United States on October 20, 2018; the event will be hosted
by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.

Newman was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal
Circuit by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, the first person to be
appointed directly to the Federal Circuit. She has authored more than
1,100 opinions, including more than 800 majority opinions and 275

For two years prior to her appointment, Newman served as special adviser
to the United States Delegation to the Diplomatic Conference on the
Revision of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial
Property. She also served on the State Department Advisory Committee on
International Intellectual Property from 1974 to 1984.

From 1969 to 1984, Newman served as director of the Patent, Trademark,
and Licensing Department of FMC Corporation, a publicly traded global
company that develops chemical products for the food and beverage,
health care, and agricultural industries. The company was founded in
1883 after its founder invented the first piston sprayer for
agriculture. During her tenure at FMC, Newman also served on the
advisory committee to the Domestic Policy Review of Industrial
Innovation. She joined the company in 1954 as patent attorney and
in-house counsel, following a stint as research scientist at American
Cyanamid from 1951 to 1954.

Newman is a founding member of the first intellectual property-focused
Inn, the Giles
S. Rich American Inn of Court
, and served as its first president
from 1991 to 1992. A new IP-focused
was named for her in 2011, where she is an active member. Among
other accolades, the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association
honored her with its Jefferson Medal. She holds a PhD from Yale
University and an LL.B. from New York University School of Law, where
she has endowed a chair.

The Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Award for Professionalism and Ethics is
awarded annually to a lawyer or judge who has rendered exemplary service
in the areas of legal excellence, professionalism, and ethics.

The American
Inns of Court
, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, inspires the
legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest
level of professionalism through example, education, and mentoring. The
organization's membership includes more than 31,000 federal, state, and
local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in nearly 380
chapters nationwide. More information is available at

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