Indian Country Should Look at Federal Circuit Vacancies

BLT reports that numerous vacancies will be opening soon on the Federal Circuit, which the writers refer to as “patent-heavy.”

That’s true, but the Circuit also hears a significant number of Indian law cases as well.

For example, the Circuit issued opinions in Tohono O’odham Nation v. U.S. and Wolfchild v. U.S. in 2009. And Navajo Nation v. United States (I and II), the Peabody Coal case that went to the SCT twice was a Federal Circuit case.

We suppose the patent bar will scream bloody murder if President Obama nominates an American Indian lawyer to this Circuit, but — who knows? — maybe it can be done.

Something to think about.