On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, Judge Pauline Newman celebrated the 40th anniversary of the day she assumed office on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). Gene and I were initially invited to join several of her current and former clerks for a surprise lunch with the judge to celebrate. However, after several phone calls and text messages, the plan evolved and, in less than a week’s time, a surprise celebration was planned. Expecting to meet two people in her chambers for lunch, Judge Newman was instead met with a sea of applause when she walked into the room. She was overjoyed to see so many of her friends and colleagues together in one place and pleasantly surprised that we were there to celebrate her.

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