Webinar:  Recent Developments in Fifth Amendment Takings Jurisprudence

Please join us on July 19, 2021 at 12:00pm (Eastern) for a U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association webinar program to discuss recent developments in Fifth Amendment takings jurisprudence.  Click here for further details and registration.

U.S. Court of Federal Claims - 2021 Summer Intern Event

Are you interested in learning more about the U.S. Court of Federal Claims?

Are you currently working as a summer intern and are looking for your next internship?

If the answer to any of those questions is yes, then please join us for the Court's annual Summer Intern Event taking place via Zoom next Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. This event will feature opening remarks from Chief Judge Elaine Kaplan followed by discussions on the inner workings of the Court from three separate panels comprised of Judges, law clerks, interns, and practicing attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice and the private sector. The program will be moderated by Judge Loren Smith, who may or may not have surprises in store for the audience, and will conclude with an overview of the Clerk's Office.  

Please click here for further details and registration.

Following the program, please join the Young Lawyers Division of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association at Union Trust Bar from 5-7pm for happy hour. Registration is required (separate from the intern event).  To register please click here.


2021 Carole Bailey Scholarship

The bar association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Carole Bailey Scholarship, which will award at least one annual law student scholarship of up to $5,000 in honor of the Court's former Deputy Clerk of Administrative Services, Carole Bailey. Further details and rules may be found by clicking here. The deadline for applications is 11:59pm Eastern Time on August 15, 2021.

Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested.

Guidelines for Cases Involving Highly Sensitive Documents

Please click here to access the following:

Amended General Order (March 9, 2021)

Notice: Highly Sensitive Documents (January 11, 2021)

Procedures for Filing Highly Sensitive Documents

Managing Cases Involving Highly Sensitive Documents Webcast Materials

Messages from Outgoing/Incoming Chief Judges

Message from the Outgoing Chief Judge Roumel:

It has been an honor to serve as the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.  Leading this Court and working with the exceptional staff of the Clerk’s Office, especially during these extraordinary times, has been a special privilege.  I congratulate my friend and colleague, Judge Elaine Kaplan, on her designation to serve as our Court’s newest Chief Judge and wish her all the best in her new position.

Message from the Incoming Chief Judge Kaplan:

I am honored and humbled that the President has designated me to serve as Chief Judge of the Court of Federal Claims. I want to thank Judge Roumel for her outstanding service as Chief through a very challenging period of time and for her friendship and support. Fortunately, Judge Roumel isn’t going anywhere, and it is my intention to rely on her expertise and that of my colleagues and the rest of the Court family as I begin my tenure as Chief Judge.

Spring 2021 Newsletter


The Spring 2021 Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking here




Order Restricting Court Access to the National Courts Building Until August 31, 2021

Please click here to read the Administrative Order issued jointly by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Orders Regarding Paper Filings

Please see the Orders below issued on November 13, 2020 regarding paper filings:

Order Restoring Procedures for Paper Filings

Order Continuing Suspension of Paper Filing Requirements in Pro Se Cases

Order Authorizing the Use of Zoom for Government

In accordance with updated guidance from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and considering Zoom for Government has received a FedRAMP Authorization to Operate (ATO), Zoom may now be used at the United States Court of Federal Claims.  For more information, please see the General Order.

Order Requiring Face Coverings in the National Courts Building

On July 13, 2020, the Chief Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims issued a joint administrative order requiring face coverings in the National Courts Building until August 14, 2020.  The full text of the order can be found here.

Announcing the Arrival of the Deskbook for Practitioners Sixth Edition (2017)


The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is pleased to announce the arrival of the Sixth Edition of the Deskbook for Practitioners as a service to its members, the court, and all others with an interest in the court.  The Deskbook is a complimentary publication available to all current paid members.  
If you are a current paid member and would like to receive a copy of the Sixth Edition please send a message to sandy@cfcbar.org and include your current postal mailing address.

We appreciate the service of all those who contributed to the new edition!  



Firm Memberships Available!

We are pleased to invite you to become a charter Firm Member of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association!  Previously available only on an individual basis, membership at the firm level ensures that you and your colleagues don’t miss any of the bar association’s career-building opportunities.  Before renewing your individual membership for 2019, please coordinate with your colleagues to take advantage of the many benefits of membership at the firm level. To learn more please click here.


President's Message

Allison Kidd-Miller
Allison Kidd-Miller

Since 1987, members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association from both the private bar and the government have worked together to support the Court in administering justice between the United States and its citizens.  Now, 34 years later, our mission is more important than ever. 

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can't catch up with colleagues over coffee between sessions at our Annual Judicial Conference, make new connections at happy hours sponsored by the Young Lawyers' Division, or get to know judges over lunch at our Law Day program.  Instead, many of us now find ourselves working from home "offices" formerly known as the dining room table or the basement, while children attend virtual school in the background, and we see each other only through tiny computer cameras.  But the bar association continues to work as collaboratively and collegially as ever to deliver valuable programming, bringing our members together with the Court and its dedicated staff, even as we physically remain apart. 

This year, we will help introduce you to the newest judges of the Court, bring you lively discussion from the Court and practitioners about what matters to you, and provide educational opportunities across a wide range of areas of expertise.  Whether you're a long-time member of the bar association, or are handling your first case at the Court, I invite you to actively participate in bar association events.  Attend upcoming virtual programs, read our newsletter to find out what's happening at the Court, and keep an eye on your email and this website for many other activities and programs.  And, if you are interested in getting even more involved, we have many opportunities to do so.  Now, more than ever, participation in the bar association can help you thrive professionally and personally, to the ultimate benefit of the Court and all those who appear before it.

Allison Kidd-Miller
President, Court of Federal Claims Bar Association

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Brown Bags

The bar association's standing committee on law and practice education plans and organizes "brown bag" educational programs held throughout the year, addressing matters of general interest and programs on major substantive areas of the Court's jurisdiction.