The Federal Circuit Historical Society
Fall 2012 Lecture
Join us for an enlightening hour with
James D. Ridgway, Professorial Lecture
In Veterans Law at The George Washington University Law School,
whose topic is:
Caring for Those Who Have Borne the Battle:
Exploring the Myths and Realities of Veterans' Benefits Since the Revolution
The history of warfare is far grittier and more complex than that portrayed in the newreels of old. So too, the history of veterans' benefits is much more checkered and conflicted than might be suggested by slogans welcoming home the nation's heroes. Professor Ridgway will take us on an eye-opening trip through our nation's largely forgotten history of the treatment of our veterans and their families once their service to the nation ended. The lectured will include a survey of the highs and lows in a two-century struggle to secure benefits promised but often denied, and the relevance of this long history to the still emerging area of veterans law.
Date: October 17, 2012
Location: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20439
RSVP by October 12th to
or by calling 202.408.4002
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- Annual Reception and Dinner at the Dolley Madison House, Friday September 14, 2012
- Federal Circuit Bar Association Bench and Bar meeting in San Diego, CA at the Del Coronado Hotel, June 20-23.
- Announcing a Lecture Series Open to the Public Presented by Local Historical Societies To Commemorate
The Bicentennial Of The War Of 1812
June 14, 2012
- Judicial Conference of the Federal Circuit on Thursday, May 17 beginning at 8:30 AM at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington.
- The National Womttan’s Party: November 16, 2011.
Political Rhetoric and Visual Propaganda
in the Battle for the Vote
- Sixth Lecture: November 16, 2011. “The National Woman’s Party: Political Rhetoric and Visual Propaganda in the Battle for the Vote” by Elizabeth Crum, Programs and Outreach Manager of the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, Washington, D.C.
- Fifth Lecture: June 2, 2011. “Confederate Invention: The Story of the Confederate States Patent Office and Its Inventors” by H. Jackson Knight, patent agent.
- Mr. Knight is the author of the book by the same name.
- Fourth Lecture: October 20, 2010. :”The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall and the Battle for the Supreme Court” by Cliff Sloan, attorney.
Mr. Sloan is the author of the book by the same name.
- Third Lecture: April 28, 2010. “Paul Jennings, Dolley Madison, and the President’s Square” by Beth Taylor, independent scholar and historian.
- Professor McCartin is author of the book “Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers and the Strike that Changed America”.
- Second Lecture: October 20, 2009. “The Striking Air Traffic Controllers of 1981: Cold War Casualties” by Associate Professor of History Joseph A. McCartin of Georgetown University.
- Mr. Pitch is the author of the book “They Have Killed Papa Dead” on the Lincoln assassination and other historical publications including “The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814”.
- Inaugural Lecture: May 12, 2009. “Oh, the Horror! Lafayette Square and Lincoln’s Assassination” by historian and lecturer Anthony S. Pitch.