The International Trade Commission has named two new administrative law judges, replacing one who retired and another who joined a law firm.
David Shaw, who spent 13 years as an attorney-advisor at the ITC's Office of Administrative Law Judges before becoming an ALJ with the Social Security Administration last year, fills one of the vacancies.
The other new judge, Thomas Bernard Pender, was also most recently a Social Security ALJ. Before that, he was an administrative judge with the Office of Hearings and Appeals for the Small Business Administration.
The new hires bring the ITC back up to six ALJs. The judges preside over high-stakes intellectual property disputes brought under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.
The agency can use the help. There were 69 new cases instituted in fiscal year 2011, an all-time high. It’s a 35% increase over 2010, which also set a new record with 51 cases. From 2000 to 2009, the average was 26 cases a year.