Save the Date for the Annual Meeting:  November 19

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dolley Madison House, National Courts Complex, 717 Madison Place, NW, Washington, DC.  Registration for the meeting and further details will be coming soon.

In Memoriam:  Senior Judge Francis Allegra

The bar association is sad to announce that our friend and colleague Senior Judge Francis Marion Allegra, of the United States Court of Federal Claims, died Thursday, August 27, 2015. Judge Allegra was appointed to the United States Court of Federal Claims by President William Clinton on October 22, 1998 where he served with great distinction. He took senior status in 2013, and retired on June 23, 2015.  Judge Allegra was a great friend and supporter of the bar association and will be greatly missed.  He is survived by his wife Regina and two sons Vinny and Domenic.

Judge Allegra was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 14, 1957. He received his B.A. from Borromeo College of Ohio in 1978 and his J.D. from Cleveland State University in 1981. He clerked for Chief Trial Judge Philip R. Miller at the U.S. Court of Claims from 1981-1982, then worked as an associate at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland until 1984. He moved to the Tax Division of the Department of Justice serving in many capacities, and finally as Deputy Associate Attorney General from 1994-1998, when he was appointed to the bench.

Rescheduling of the 28th Annual Judicial Conference

The Court of Federal Claims 28th Annual Judicial Conference previously scheduled for September 24, 2015, has been rescheduled and will take place on May 2 and 3, 2016.  The court's traditional Law Day Luncheon will kick off the conference on Monday, May 2, at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, in Washington, DC, the Bar Association will sponsor a conference welcome reception that evening, and there may be some other conference activities planned.  On Tuesday, May 3, the Judicial Conference and evening reception will take place at the National Press Club as previously scheduled.

Attendees from the Department of Justice will automatically have their paid fees rolled over and applied to the fee for the rescheduled conference events.  All other attendees have the option to either allow their paid fees to roll over or obtain a refund.  Refunds may be obtained by notifying the Bar Association’s Executive Administrator, at:

Pro Bono/Attorney Referral Pilot Program

The Private-Bar Pro Bono Pilot Program Committee of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is pleased to announce its role in facilitating the operation of a Pro Bono/Attorney Referral Pilot Program, under which legal representation may potentially be available to pro se plaintiffs who are referred to the program by the assigned judge in appropriate cases pending in the Court of Federal Claims.  Click here for more details.

Annual Membership Dues

Notices for 2015 membership dues have been sent via postal mail and e-mail.  If you are unsure whether or not your dues have expired or if you need to update your contact information please send a message to or call 202-220-8638.



President's Message

Mary M. Abate
Mary M. Abate

It is my great honor and pleasure to serve for 2015 as the 28th president of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. I was admitted to the bar of the United States Court of Claims in October 1978, so I experienced first-hand the winds of change that were blowing in 1979, in the form of several legislative proposals to restructure the Court—the topic that dominated the first Judicial Conference that I attended.  Because there was no Court-affiliated bar association at that time, the 1979 Judicial Conference was co-sponsored by the Court of Claims Committee of the District of Columbia Bar Association.  Within five years after the Court of Claims was reconstituted in 1982, however, a group of private and government Court practitioners formed the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.  Throughout our 28-year history, with roughly 450 members on average, the Bar Association has worked hand-in-glove with the Court to advance the administration of justice in many ways.

Not only do we co-sponsor the annual Judicial Conferences and the annual Law Day observances, but we publish Inside 717 (with timely analyses of Court decisions), the quarterly Newsletter (reporting on the doings of the Court and the Bar), and the Deskbook for Practitioners; present educational programs relevant to practice before the Court; and sponsor law student writing and scholarship competitions.  All of these activities require the active participation of Bar Association members, and they do not necessarily require proximity to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area (as our president-elect for 2016, who is based in Florida, can attest). [READ MORE]

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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.