“The dissent helps the student to understand the balance that the court decided to reach—what philosophy, what logic, what evidence they rejected as being not probative for whatever reason, and what was accepted. Without the dissent, you don’t have that information because it’s not presented in a majority opinion,” Newman said in a recorded interview with Steven Caltrider, chair of the ABA’s Intellectual Property Law Section and chief IP counsel for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Newman, an active judge on the Federal Circuit, has been suspended from hearing new cases as part of the circuit’s investigation into her mental fitness to serve on the bench. The circuit’s Judicial Council said last month that Newman’s refusal to comply with an order that she undergo medical evaluations constituted misconduct and justified her one-year suspension.