US. Court of International Trade Judge Visits Law School
October 22, 2009 — The International Law and Human Rights Society hosted a talk by Judge Richard K. Eaton of the U.S. Court of International Trade on Oct. 22 at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.
Judge Eaton, one of nine judges appointed to the Article III court by the President of the United States, spoke of the court's history, its areas of jurisdiction and other regimes for regulating fair trade, such as NAFTA and the WTO.
"The biggest part of our docket is made up of trade cases involving dumping and subsidies," said Judge Eaton.
The court also hears cases regarding trade adjustment assistance, customs issues and protests filed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with the federal government on one side of the case or the other.
Appeals from the Court of International Trade are heard by the United States Federal Circuit Court. The court sits in New York City, although it is authorized to sit elsewhere, including foreign nations.
Judge Eaton was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Court of International Trade in 1999. He served as chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1983 and from 1991-93. He was an associate at Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon from 1983-1991, and a partner from 1993-95. He was then a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan from 1995-99.
He received his J.D. from Union University Albany Law School and his B.A. from Ithaca College.
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