Judge Rader Comments on His Resignation: “I need to leave while I am young and full of energy to change the world”

June 14th, 2014

IAM publishes an excerpt of a note from Judge Rader on his recent resignation from the Federal Circuit:

The bottom line is that I was not happy after leaving the Chief position and it hit me that I need to leave while I am young and full of energy to change the world.

With that in mind, my plan for the future is to Teach And Teach And Teach.  I have always taught a week in Munich every May.  And I hope to teach April and December at Tsinghua (hopefully Guobin will let me teach two classes, not just one – maybe an IP survey course – TM and copyright too– or even US Constitutional law or jurisprudence or Civil PRO); November at Tongji and East China; October Taiwan and Korea; September at Tokyo U; and January in India (with Modi in power I am even going to give India another chance).  In addition, I might hope that London, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and others will also get on my list.

You can see that this schedule will have me teaching somewhere different almost every month.  My Dream Job: travel, friends, and teaching – what I love!  I will not need to be paid at these places; I can teach just for the expenses of travel.  I am not rich but can live on my continuing salary.  Thus, I should be attractive to these universities because I offer a high quality course at a reasonable expense. I would plan to teach a 20-hour course – 4 hours a day for 5 days then I can administer an exam and give grades too.  I did not mention US law schools, but a couple of them have reached out to me too and I may do some of that as well.

As you can gather, I consider myself RICH, not because I have any money (you know that I have lived on a government salary all my life) but because I have many friends, including you (although I hate to admit that I have a friend who is a journalist, so can we keep this a secret between you and me?).

Wow. So what law school will be the highest bidder?