Winter 2017 Newsletter

The Winter 2017 Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking here.

Results of the Annual Meeting/Election

The following were elected at the Annual Meeting/Election on December 7, 2017 for terms beginning on January 1, 2018:


President*:  William Bergmann (Baker Hostetler LLP)
President-Elect:  James Connor (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)
Treasurer:  Jon Burd (Wiley Rein LLP)
Secretary:  Allison Kidd-Miller (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)

Board of Governors (3 year term):

Mary Abate (Tax Division, U.S. DOJ)
James Boland (Venable LLP)
Steven Gordon (Holland & Knight LLP)
Coleen Hartley (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)

* Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, William Bergmann, the 2017 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2018, and current President, Edward Passarelli, serves as Immediate Past President.

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!  



Inside 717 Quarterly Update

Please click here to read the quarterly update of Inside 717 (July - September 2017).

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 Pending Since
Lynn J. Bush 10/21/2013 04/10/2014
Emily C. Hewitt 10/21/2013 05/21/2014
Edward J. Damich 10/21/2013 05/21/2014
Nancy B. Firestone 10/21/2013 04/10/2014
George W. Miller 08/07/2013 05/21/2014
Lawrence J. Block 01/08/2016  


President's Message

Edward Passarelli
Bill Bergmann

Welcome to the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association!  It is my great honor to serve as the 31st President of this distinguished institution.  The Court of Federal Claims is unique, in its historic heritage dating back to 1855, its nationwide jurisdiction, and its role as “the People Court” in adjudicating claims against the United States that are brought by its citizens.   Our Bar Association is unique as well, as it is comprised of both private practitioners, representing the claimants, and Department of Justice attorneys, representing the government.  All of us have the same goals: professional development, getting to know our colleagues a little better outside of the courtroom, and working together to advance the administration of justice.  The Court actively participates in many of our events in order to further these goals. 

Practice before the Court of Federal Claims historically has been remarkable for its civility and the high quality of the attorneys who practice there.  Participation in the Bar Association’s activities not only provides opportunities for members to interact with judges and Court staff, but also fosters this spirit of civility by bringing private and government practitioners together to accomplish common goals.  As we become more internet savvy, we have begun to make our events such as our Brown Bag seminars available over the internet so that members can participate from anywhere in the country.  Our recently formed Young Lawyers Division has sponsored many social events to encourage our members to get to know one another.  

This year promises to be a very exciting year for the Bar Association, and we are working closely with the Court on preparations for this year’s Judicial Conference. Your attendance at the Conference is welcome and participation in our other events is strongly encouraged.  Please feel free to e-mail me directly if you are interested in becoming involved in the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association at  I look forward to working together and meeting you at our events.  

Best regards,

Bill Bergmann
President, Court of Federal Claims Bar Association

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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.