Grace K. Obermann
Grace K. Obermann
Grace Stewart Karaffa
1961 (age 60–61)
Rahway, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||Rutgers University (BA)|
George Washington University Law School (JD)
Grace Stewart Karaffa Obermann (born 1961) is an Administrative Patent Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board who was a nominee for judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Obermann received her Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and her Juris Doctor, with honors, from the George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of The George Washington Law Review.
Obermann began her career as an associate with Fish & Neave. She then served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond C. Clevenger of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Obermann later served as Assistant Director in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the United States Department of Justice Civil Division. Before becoming a judge, she was Of Counsel at Davidson Berquist Jackson & Gowdey, where she focused on federal acquisition issues and government patent practice. Since 2012, she has been an Administrative Patent Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Obermann served as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School, where she taught legal writing and oral advocacy.
Nomination to Court of Federal Claims
On October 2, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Obermann to serve as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. On October 30, 2019, her nomination was sent to the Senate. President Trump nominated Obermann to the seat vacated by Judge Susan G. Braden, who took senior status on July 13, 2018. A hearing on her nomination before the Senate Judiciary Committee was held on November 13, 2019. On January 3, 2020, her nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate. On January 9, 2020, she was renominated to the same seat. On March 5, 2020, her nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote. On January 3, 2021, her nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate. Later that same day, her renomination was sent to the Senate. Her nomination was withdrawn by President Biden on February 4, 2021.
- United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Grace Obermann
- "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees" White House, October 2, 2019 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- "Six Nominations Sent to the Senate", White House, October 30, 2019
- United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for November 13, 2019
- "PN1251 – Nomination of Grace Karaffa Obermann for The Judiciary, 116th Congress (2019–2020)". www.congress.gov. January 3, 2020. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
- "Seven Nominations Sent to the Senate", White House, January 9, 2020
- Results of Executive Business Meeting – March 5, 2020, Senate Judiciary Committee
- "PN1251 - Nomination of Grace Karaffa Obermann for The Judiciary, 116th Congress (2019-2020)". www.congress.gov. 2020-01-03. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
- "Thirty Nominations Sent to the Senate", White House, January 3, 2021
- "Withdrawals Sent to the Senate". The White House. 2021-02-04. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
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