We are happy to report that the second edition of Steve Flanders' book, "The Federal Circuit: A Judicial Innovation," has been published and is available for purchase.
The Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982 created the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. As Dr. Flanders points out, this legislation affected the most substantial structural change in the federal judicial establishment since the “judges’ bill” of 1925 by creating a permanent Article III court of nationwide jurisdiction for the first time since the short-lived Commerce Court of 1910. Of special importance in the history of the federal judiciary, the Act embodies the idea of multiple specializations which is an entirely new concept. This history shows how the past had unfolded into the present as the Federal Circuit has established a sound, permanent and essential place for itself within the federal judiciary.