Annual Meeting/Election Results

The following were elected at the November 14, 2018 annual meeting/election to serve terms beginning on January 1, 2019:


  • President*: James Connor (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)
  • President-Elect: James Boland (Venable LLP)
  • Treasurer: Rob Stewart (Tax Division, U.S. DOJ)
  • Secretary: Stacey Grigsby (Boies, Schiller Flexner LLP)

Board of Governors (3 year term):

  • Jon Burd (Wiley Rein LLP)
  • Renée Gentry (Shoemaker, Gentry & Knickelbein)
  • Allison Kidd-Miller (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)
  • Edward Passarelli (Environment & Natural Resources Division, U.S. DOJ)

* Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, James Connor, the 2018 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2019, and current President, William Bergmann, serves as Immediate Past President.

Portrait of Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith

In recognition of Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith's tenure as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims (2013 - 2017) and keeping with the Court's proud tradition, going back to the Court's inception, the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association has commissioned Judge Campbell-Smith's judicial portrait, which it will present to the Court in the Spring.  

The cost of the portrait is funded by the Bar Association exclusively through private donations.  The Bar Association welcomes contributions for Judge Campbell-Smith's portrait.  Your tax deductible donation, made payable to CFC Bar Association, may be sent to the Bar Association at the following address:

Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
455 Massachusetts Ave NW
Suite 335
Washington, DC 20001

We are also accepting electronic donations through PayPal and Venmo.  Please send to (noting Campbell-Smith Portrait Fund).

Should you have any questions and/or would like additional information please contact Lewis Wiener at 202-383-0140 or

Fall 2018 Newsletter

The Fall 2018 Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking here

Inside 717 Quarterly Update

Please click here to read the quarterly update of Inside 717 (April - July 2018).




Please update your records to reflect our new mailing address:

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
455 Massachusetts Ave NW
Suite 335
Washington, DC 20001

General Order - Court Holiday Schedule

Please see attached Order from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims regarding the upcoming holiday schedule.

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 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 2018, please coordinate with your colleagues to take advantage of the many benefits of membership at the firm level. To learn more please click here.

Current Vacant Judgeships on the Court of Federal Claims

Seat Last Held By Vacant Since
Lynn J. Bush 10/21/2013
Emily C. Hewitt 10/21/2013
Edward J. Damich 10/21/2013
Nancy B. Firestone 10/21/2013
George W. Miller 08/07/2013
Lawrence J. Block 01/08/2016
Marian Blank Horn 03/10/2018


President's Message

Edward Passarelli
Bill Bergmann

I am pleased to remind everyone once again of the upcoming 29th Annual Court of Federal Claims Judicial Conference, which will be held next week, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.  The conference will take place at the National Courts Building, followed by an evening reception at the nearby Hay-Adams hotel.  This is an event not be missed!  And, as an added bonus, we will be holding our annual Bar Association meeting and reception immediately following the conference (preceding the Hay Adams reception).  I encourage everyone to attend one or both of these events, for their educational value and to mingle with your fellow practitioners, judges, and court personnel.  

I have been honored to lead the Bar Association over the past year.  The Department of Justice and private bar representatives that make up the leadership of the bar have always exuded the utmost in professionalism, courtesy, and integrity, regardless of the circumstances.  During the past year we have had an excellent line up of brown bag seminars, attended by many both in person and by webcast.  Our Young Lawyers Division displayed energy and enthusiasm while hosting both educational and social events for the young and young at heart.  I was particularly impressed by the number of judges that attended their events.  We continued to publish our high quality newsletter, and our dedicated staff of editors provided case summaries in our Inside 717 publication.  As we do every year, we awarded a scholarship to a law school student with a demonstrated commitment to public service after completing the difficult task of choosing a winner among many highly qualified candidates.  This year’s winner was Bill Nguyen, a second-year law student at University of California, Berkeley School of Law and law clerk at the East Bay Community Law Center, which provides legal services to low-income communities.

One of our highlights this year was our annual Law Day luncheon, which featured remarks by Solicitor General Noel Francisco.  Our membership committee made several important advancements, successfully implementing a Law Firm membership category and allowing us to sign up members “on the spot” using our new Square credit card processor.   We were also very busy commissioning not one, but three judicial portraits.  Keep an eye out for the portraits of Judges Campbell-Smith, Braden, and Allegra gracing the walls of the National Courts Building in the near future. 

I would like to thank my fellow Board members, our executive administrator Sandy LoJacono, the Court’s staff and judges, and Chief Judges Sweeney and Braden for all of the assistance and support they have given us during the past year.

Best regards,

Bill Bergmann
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.