A Proposed New Federal Intermediate Appellate Court

This article begins with an analysis of the recent history of federal appellate court reform efforts. It then focuses on three areas of federal litigation – tax law, patent law, and environmental law – in which there are exceptional needs for uniformity in the law but in which uncertainty in legal doctrine is especially pronounced. To make the law more uniform and predictable in these areas, the article proposes the new intermediate appellate court and sets forth in detail the jurisdiction arid structure of this court. The article concludes by pointing out aspects of this proposal that should make it especially advantageous and also more acceptable than previous recommendations for appellate court reorganization.