Helen W. Nies

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Helen Nies
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
In office
June 27, 1990 – March 18, 1994
Preceded by Howard Markey
Succeeded by Glenn Archer
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
In office
October 1, 1982 – November 1, 1995
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Arthur Gajarsa
Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
In office
June 18, 1980 – October 1, 1982
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Donald Lane
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Personal details
Born (1925-08-07)August 7, 1925
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Died August 7, 1996(1996-08-07) (aged 71)
Lewes, Delaware, U.S.
Alma mater University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Helen Wilson Nies (August 7, 1925 – August 7, 1996) was chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 1990 to 1994.[1] President Jimmy Carter named Judge Nies to the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (CCPA) in 1980, and she transferred to the Federal Circuit when that court succeeded in October 1982 to the jurisdiction of the CCPA.[2]

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, she graduated from the University of Michigan in 1945 and from University of Michigan Law School in 1948, where she was awarded Order of the Coif.[3] She moved to Washington that year to work at the Justice Department and she later was a counsel in the Office of Price Stabilization. Before her court appointment, she was a partner in a Washington D.C. law firm where she specialized in trademark law. She died on her 71st birthday of head injuries sustained in a bicycle accident at Henlopen Acres, Delaware.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Helen W. Nies at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b "Helen W. Nies, 71, Former U.S. Judge". The New York Times. August 11, 1996. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  3. ^ *United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: A History: 1990–2002 / compiled by members of the Advisory Council to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in celebration of the court's twentieth anniversary. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 2004. pp. 157–160. LCCN 2004050209. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Donald Lane
Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
1980–1982
Seat abolished
New seat Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
1982–1995
Succeeded by
Arthur Gajarsa
Preceded by
Howard Markey
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
1990–1994
Succeeded by
Glenn Archer