Altom M. Maglio
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