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|Lewis S. Wiener|
“To maintain and raise the standards of proficiency, integrity and ethics in the administration of justice before the United States Court of Federal Claims . . . to preserve and promulgate the heritage and tradition of the Court of Federal Claims . . . to promote broader community awareness and support for access to justice." Court of Federal Claims Articles of Incorporation.
It is my great honor to serve as the President of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association for 2014. I have been affiliated with the Court and its Bar Association for 20 years, dating back to my days as a dark haired trial lawyer with the Department of Justice. I first served as the Bar Association’s President in 2002 followed by my service as the Association’s Treasurer and Secretary. My work with the Court and the Bar Association has been among the most gratifying professional experiences of my career. I hope it will become the same for each of you.
The quote above comes from the Bar Association's Articles of Incorporation and defines, in part, the Bar Association’s mission. Put in my words, the Bar Association’s job is to serve our members. How do we do that? Put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity and serve our community.
Our members are the Bar Association’s life blood. In an era where we hear more and more about the lack of civility (and worse) in the legal profession, our Bar Association actively promotes civility, communication and collegiality among members of the private bar, the government bar and the Court. Our brown bag programs, publications, conferences and other activities reflect the viewpoints, contributions and participation of the three legs of the Bar Association’s iron triangle: the Court, government practitioners and private practitioners.
The Court has experienced great change over the past year as long standing pillars of the court have retired, Chief Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith has taken over as the Court’s 6th Chief Judge, we have welcomed Elaine D. Kaplan as the Court’s newest Judge and Brian H. Corcoran as the Court’s newest Special Master. The Court and the Bar Association, as mature, forward thinking organizations, have embraced these changes while embracing and preserving the Court's great heritages and traditions. The Bar Association’s Board of Governors and I welcome Chief Judge Campbell-Smith’s leadership and look forward to working shoulder to shoulder with her, the other Judges of the Court, the Magistrate Judges, Clerk of the Court Hazel Kahey and members of the Court’s administration to best support and serve the Court and our mutual constituents.
Participate, contribute, attend a program, join a committee, submit something for one of our publications, invite a colleague to join the Bar Association, let us know how we’re doing. Send me your thoughts and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Board of Governors and I want to hear from you.
We are here to serve our members.
My best regards,
Lewis S. Wiener
President, Court of Federal Claims Bar Association