Retiring Federal Circuit Chief Judge Ready to Be ‘Unmuzzled’

Chief Judge Paul Michel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has no plans to join a corporation or a law firm when he retires next May.

Instead, Michel says he will be operating “as an individual private citizen,” possibly in a new solo consulting practice or a think tank, the National Law Journal reports. He also likes the idea of mediation and teaching.

Michel also hopes to make speeches and testify before Congress about a wide range of issues, including inadequate funding of federal courts, the need for more federal judges, pay raises for judges, and patent reform proposals, the story says.

“I am excited about the prospect of being unmuzzled,” Michel told the NLJ.

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