This year marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The anniversary was acknowledged with appropriate ceremony, including an en banc session of the court on April 2 attended by various luminaries in the judicial and political branches of the United States. The somewhat tongue-in-cheek title of this essay is intended to suggest an important idea about the court today: with increased visibility, significance, and impact have come consequences, some desirable, some not. This essay undertook a brief review of how the court got where it is, and a look at what these consequences may be.
Plager, Jay S. “Price of Popularity: The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2007.” American University Law Review 56, no. 4 (February 2007): 751-760.