|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit|
May 30, 2014
|Preceded by||Randall Ray Rader|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit|
September 24, 2001
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||S. Jay Plager|
May 24, 1951 |
|Education||Cornell University B.S.
George Washington University M.B.A.
Washington College of Law J.D.
George Washington University Law School LL.M.
Sharon Prost (born May 24, 1951) is the Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Prost was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1973, a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University in 1975, a Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law in 1979, and a Master of Laws from George Washington University Law School in 1984.
Prior to her confirmation to the Federal Circuit, Prost had served as a lawyer at the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1993–2001, lastly as Chief Counsel. Although the Republicans were in the minority at the time of Prost's nomination, her eight years of service for the Committee would have ensured that she was well known by all Committee members. Before working for the Senate, she served as an attorney at the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the United States Department of the Treasury and the National Labor Relations Board.
Federal judicial service
Prost was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President George W. Bush on May 21, 2001, to fill a seat vacated by Judge S. Jay Plager. The United States Senate confirmed Prost's confirmation on September 21, 2001, by a vote of 97-0. Prost is Bush's first appointment to the Federal Circuit. On May 23, 2014, Prost was named Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit, succeeding Chief Judge Randall Rader effective May 30, 2014.
Randall Ray Rader
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
S. Jay Plager
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit