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Court to Offer On-Line Access to Transcripts of Proceedings

Posted on March 12, 2008 in Uncategorized


Please see the following memoranda from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts regarding on-line access to court transcripts through the Court's ECF system.

Guidance for implementation to make transcripts available via CM/ECF

Guidance for court reports and transcribers on availability of transcripts in CM/ECF

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Notice of Adoption of Amendments to Rules

Posted on November 3, 2008 in Uncategorized


Click to download Notice of Adoption of Amendment to Rules

Click to download entire Published Rules, November 3, 2008

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Deskbook For Practitioners Available

Posted on December 1, 2008 in Uncategorized


The much anticipated Fifth Edition of the Deskbook for Practitioners is now available!

Current paid members of the bar association may receive a complimentary copy by sending an email request with their current contact information to sandy@cfcbar.org. Please note that bar association membership is not the same as admission to the Bar of the Court; you must belong to the bar association and have paid your annual dues. If you are unsure of your membership status or have any other questions, please contact Sandy LoJacono at 202-220-8638.

Non-members of the bar association may purchase 1-9 copies for $25.00 each; 10-49 copies for $20.00 each; and 50 or more copies for $15.00 each by (i) sending a check with mailing instructions to P.O. Box 7614, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044; or (ii) calling 202-220-8638 to pay by credit card.

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Renew Your Membership Dues

Posted on January 1, 2009 in Uncategorized

Membership dues are paid on a calendar year basis.  Click here to renew your dues.

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President Obama Designates New Chief Judge

Posted on March 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

On Thursday, March 12, 2009, President Obama designated the Honorable Emily C. Hewitt as the new Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, succeeding Judge Edward J. Damich. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association extends heartfelt congratulations to Chief Judge Hewitt on her new duties and commends Judge Damich for his dedicated service to the Court and memorable term as Chief Judge. Judge Hewitt is the Court's fifth Chief Judge and the first woman to serve in that capacity. To view Judge Hewitt's biography,click here.

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Inside 717 July/August 2009 Edition Now Available

Posted on September 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

The July/August 2009 edition of Inside 717 is now available to bar association members for viewing.

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Law Student Writing Competition

Posted on September 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association proudly announces the creation of its Law Student Writing Competition. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association (CFCBA) is a voluntary bar association made up of nationwide members who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The goal of this competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that lie within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

The United States Court of Federal Claims, which hears claims against the United States, has existed in its current and predecessor forms for more than 150 years. The current court was created pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution in October 1982 by the Federal Courts Improvement Act. Its predecessor, the United States Claims Court, was created in 1855 when Congress established a court to hear private suits against the sovereign. The court is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts, express or implied-in-fact, with the United States.

The cases before the court are diverse. They include tax refund suits, government contracts, Fifth Amendment takings - which raise environmental and natural resource issues, civilian and military pay, intellectual property, Indian tribe, and Vaccine Injury Compensation matters.

Entries to the contest may discuss any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  

Eligibility:  Any law student in good standing currently enrolled at an ABA accredited law school may enter the competition. Students are permitted and encouraged to use papers that they prepared for law school courses and seminars during the Spring and Fall 2009 school semesters as their entries.

Deadline:  Entries must be received by Thursday, December 31, 2009.

Prize:  One cash prize of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500) will be awarded to the entry deemed by the judges to be the best, and a second cash prize of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) to the entry deemed to be the second best. The winners will receive significant favorable publicity to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. It is anticipated that the winning entries will be published on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims website and the website of the CFCBA. The winners will be announced as soon as they are determined, but no later than March 1, 2010. The winners will also be recognized at the annual Law Day Celebration hosted by the Court of Federal Claims in May.

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Bar Association Offers Extended Memberships!

Posted on October 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

If you have been putting off joining the CFC Bar Association, now is the time to act.

Join the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association anytime between now and the end of the year and receive full membership for the remainder of 2009 and all of 2010 for one membership fee. 

Click on "Membership" for information on the benefits of membership and how to join today.

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Oct. 21st Takings Brown Bag Postponed Until December

Posted on October 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

The Takings Brown Bag that was scheduled for October 21, 2009 has been postponed until December.  The Law and Education Committee would like to include developments in Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida -- currently to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on December 2, 2009 -- in its discussion.  Details regarding the date, location and time for this Brown Bag will follow later, so please check back.

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Fall Newsletter Now Available

Posted on October 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

The Fall 2009 Newsletter is now available - click here to view.

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New Clerk of the Court Appointed Succeeding Acting Clerk John Buckley

Posted on October 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

On October 12, 2009, Hazel C. Keahey assumed her duties as the Clerk of Court of the United States Court of Federal Claims.  Ms. Keahey joins the Court following 24 years at the United States Tax Court.  She began her service at the Tax Court as a law clerk, first to Special Trial Judge Francis J. Cantrel, then to Judge Perry Shields.  Her next thirteen years at the court were spent working as staff attorney in the Office of the Clerk of the Tax Court, where her primary responsibility was the management of the Tax Court’s general docket.  In 2001, she was appointed the Tax Court’s first General Counsel.  In that position, she served as the Chief Judge’s chief advisor on legal issues arising from the operations of the Tax Court, as liaison to Congressional committees – including the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the Senate Finance Committee, and the House Ways and Means Committee – as legal advisor to the Tax Court’s Legislation Committee, Rules Committee, and ad hoc task forces, and as manager of the Tax Court’s career legal staff.  Ms. Keahey also served as Acting Deputy Clerk of the Tax Court in 2005.

Ms. Keahey received her Bachelor of Science degree with highest distinction from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law (New Orleans), and her Masters of Laws in Taxation from Temple University School of Law.  She is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and is married to Thomas M. Keahey, M.D.

Ms. Keahey looks forward to meeting and working with members of the USCFC Bar Association.

Ms. Keahey succeeds to the position of Clerk of Court following the service of John S. Buckley as Acting Clerk of Court from December 24, 2007 to October 11, 2009, who rejoins the chambers of Judge Edward J. Damich as a career law clerk.
 

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Thrower Award Recipients Honored

Posted on November 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

This year the Bar Association's governing board agreed unanimously to award the Randolph W. Thrower Award to Brett Stohs and Dan Buchner from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.  The Thrower Award is named in honor of the Bar Association's first president and is the Bar Association's highest award recognizing exceptional service.  The award recipients were honored at the Bar Association’s Annual Meeting on November 18, 2009.

Over a period of almost 3 years, Brett and Dan have devoted more than 200 hours toward helping the Bar Association achieve 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt status, which the Bar Association achieved this past June.  Achieving 501(c)(3) status will help the Bar Association in its continuing efforts to best serve the interests of the bench and bar and to support the Association's numerous and expanding educational and philanthropic endeavors.

Also recognized for their service to the Bar Association at the Annual Meeting were John Buckley, former Acting Clerk of the Court, and outgoing Board members Alexis Babcock, Don Grove, Steve Gillingham, and John Williamson.

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Proposed Amendments to Rules of Court of Federal Claims

Posted on November 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

The Court of Federal Claims has posted a Notice of Proposed Amendments to Rules on its website and has invited public comment on the proposed amendments.  Comments, addressed to Hazel Keahey, Clerk of the Court, must be received by December 18, 2009.  The proposal includes three sets of amendments:

First is a set of substantive changes to RCFC 8(c) (Affirmative Defenses), 13(f) (Omitted Counterclaim), and 15(a) (Amendments Before Trial) and the addition of new RCFC 62.1 (Indicative Ruling on Motion for Relief That is Barred by a Pending Appeal).  These proposed changes to the court’s rules are identical to the substantive changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that are scheduled to become effective on December 1, 2009.

Next are changes to RCFC 6 (Computing and Extending Time; Time for Motion Papers) followed by related changes to RCFC 12 (Defenses and Objections), 32 (Using Depositions in Court Proceedings), 42(c)(2) (Consolidation; Separate Trials – Separate Determinations of Liability and Damages – Motion for Reconsideration), 52(b) (Findings and Conclusions by the Court; Judgment on Partial Findings – Amended or Additional Findings), 53(f)(2) (Masters – Action on the Master's Order, Report, or Recommendations – Time to Object or Move to Adopt or Modify), 55(b)(2) (Default; Default Judgment – Entering a Default Judgment – By the Court), 59 (New Trial Reconsideration ; Altering or Amending a Judgment), 62(a) (Stay of Proceedings to Enforce a Judgment – Automatic Stay; Exceptions for Injunctions and Patent Accountings), 65(b)(2) (Injunctions and Restraining Orders – Temporary Restraining Order – Contents; Expiration), and 68 (Offer of Judgment), and Appendices B (Vaccine Rules), D (Procedure in Congressional Reference Cases), and F (Procedures in Tax Partnership Cases), all of which are consistent with the time-computation changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that are scheduled to become effective on December 1, 2009.

Finally, a set of substantive changes proposed by the court to RCFC 14 (Third Party Practice), 23 (Class Actions), 32 (Using Depositions in Court Proceedings), 54(d) (Judgment; Costs – Cost’s; Attorney's Fees), and 83.1(b) (Attorneys – Admission to Practice), and Vaccine Rule 5 (Preliminary Status Conference and Tentative Findings and Conclusions).

Practitioners before the court are strongly encouraged to carefully review all of the proposed amendments, as well as the final version of the amended rules once published.  The court’s notice and its description of the proposed changes can be found at: www.uscfc.uscourts.gov under “announcements.” The Rules Committee of the Bar Association will be reviewing the proposed amendments and evaluating whether comments should be submitted to the court on behalf of the Bar Association.  If you wish to have your comments considered by the Rules Committee, please forward them by email to Don Grove (DGrove@nordhauslaw.com ) and Marc Smith (Marc.Smith@usdoj.gov) as soon as possible to allow time to review and compile your comments.

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Results of the Annual Elections

Posted on November 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

The following were elected to serve the Bar Association at the Annual Meeting of the Membership and Elections on November 18, 2009:

Officers:

2010 President*:  Steve Hollman, Hogan & Hartson LLP
2010 President-Elect:  Bryant Snee, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, U.S. DOJ
2010 Treasurer:  Lewis Wiener, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
2010 Secretary:  Rob Stewart, Tax Division, Court of Federal Claims Section, U.S. DOJ

Board of Governors:

Mary Abate, Tax Division, Court of Federal Claims Section, U.S. DOJ (3 year term)
Brad Fagg, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (completing 2 years of an unexpired term)
Alan LoRe, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, U.S. DOJ (3 year term)
Kevin Mullen, Cooley Godward Kronish (3 year term)
Maureen Rudolph, Environment & Natural Resources Division, U.S. DOJ (3 year term) 

* Pursuant to Article V, Section 5.2 of the Bylaws, the President-Elect automatically succeeds to the position of President at the installation of officers.

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Judge Lawrence S. Margolis Inducted Into Philadelphia's Central High Hall of Fame

Posted on December 3, 2009 in Uncategorized

Central High School, the nation’s only high school authorized to award Bachelor of Arts degrees upon graduation, has inducted alumnus Judge Lawrence S. Margolis of Washington, DC into its Hall of Fame. Established in 1836, Central High is America’s second-oldest public high school and its first city-wide magnet school, with rigorous academic admissions standards. It has graduated more classes than any other public high school in the country. Of Central’s tens of thousands of alumni, only 86 have been named to its Hall of Fame, including an astronaut, Nobel Laureate, Olympian, and internationally-known scientists, jurists, artists, and academicians.

On to Drexel and GWU Law

Following his graduation, with honors, from Central, Judge Margolis went on to The Drexel Institute of Technology (now, Drexel University) where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering; he then moved to Washington, DC, where he served as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent Office during the day and attended the George Washington University (GWU) Law School at night. After receiving a J.D. degree from the law school, he served as patent counsel for the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory and then embarked on a series of assignments as a prosecutor: first, Assistant Attorney General for the District of Columbia, then Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and Trial Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and finally Assistant U.S. District Attorney for the District of Columbia.

In 1971, he was appointed a Magistrate-Judge for U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. Eleven years later, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to a judgeship on the United States Court of Federal Claims, a position in which he continues to serve.

Honors, Awards Follow

Both Drexel and GWU have presented Judge Margolis with their Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award; Drexel also named him as one of its 100 most outstanding graduates, and GWU honored him with a special Service Award. During his tenure as president of the National GWU Law Alumni, Judge Margolis was instrumental in saving the night law school. He is a former trustee of Drexel, and former member of the board of managers of Central.

Active in the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, he served as an officer and editor of its Young Lawyers Association, hosting educational TV shows and a weekly community service radio interview show; he also co-founded a much-needed Big Brothers project for juveniles in correctional institutions, personally mentoring a number of these teen-age boys. Judge Margolis was a director of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and, for seven years, editor of its journal, and was honored by both the Association and its Young Lawyers Association for outstanding service. He has served as chair of two American Bar Association divisions: Special Court Judges, and Federal, State, and Local Judges. He is also a member of the Inn of Courts and the recipient of many awards and honors from his peers.

Rotary, Other Community Service

In 1974, Judge Margolis joined the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, and subsequently became president of the club and, shortly thereafter, was elected Rotary International District Governor for District 7620, responsible for overseeing all 65 Rotary clubs in that District, which includes Washington and Central Maryland. Several years ago, he recommended that the Washington Rotary Club institute a project by which its members purchase and present age-appropriate dictionaries to each third-grade DC public school student every year; the Club has now distributed these dictionary-research books to 25,000 third-graders in Washington, DC public schools.

He is also a past president of the Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC, and has served Rotary International (RI) in numerous executive capacities: e.g., RI Representative to the Organization of American States, RI Representative to the World Bank, RI President’s Representative, and RI District 7620 Delegate to the triennial Rotary International Council on Legislation. For his extraordinary service to Rotary, he has received many high awards, including “Rotarian of the Decade+.” He has been an active supporter of many other local entities, including Center for Inspired Teaching, Theodore Roosevelt High School, Washington Civic Opera, and Rotaract, and often sits as a Moot Court Judge for law students at a number of universities. He is a frequent speaker on the law, both in the U.S. and abroad.

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In Memoriam: Court of Federal Claims Senior Judge Kenneth Harkins

Posted on December 10, 2009 in Uncategorized

Kenneth R. Harkins, 88, who served for almost 30 years as a judge for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, died October 8, 2009 at the Goodwin House retirement home in the Baileys Crossroads area of Fairfax County.  He had Alzheimer's disease.

Judge Harkins joined the Court of Federal Claims in 1971 and presided over cases brought by people making financial claims against the federal government. He retired in 2000, when he was named a senior judge.

Before joining the court, Judge Harkins had spent 16 years as a counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee under Chairman Emanuel Celler (D-N.Y.).

Kenneth Richard Harkins was born in Cadiz, Ohio, and served as a forward observer in the Army's 14th Armored Division during World War II.  He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

He graduated from Ohio State University in 1943 and received his law degree from Ohio State in 1948.  He came to Washington in 1949 and worked for the Housing and Home Finance Agency (the predecessor of the Department of Housing and Urban Development) and as a trial lawyer with the Justice Department's antitrust division before serving with the House Judiciary Committee.

Judge Harkins lived in Arlington County and enjoyed hiking and travel. He volunteered with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, helping with trail maintenance.  Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Helen Dozer Harkins of Arlington; two children, M. Elaine Harkins of Denver and Richard A. Harkins of Vienna; and three granddaughters.

Mrs. Harkins and the family have suggested that any donations be made in Judge Harkins’ name to an American Bar Association pro bono program of the donor’s choosing.

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Winter 2010 Newsletter Now Available

Posted on February 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

The Winter 2010 newsletter is now available - click here to view.

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Results of Law Student Writing Competition

Posted on March 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association proudly announces Timothy R. Wyatt, a third-year law student at Wake Forest University School of Law, as the winner of its 2009 Law Student Writing Competition.  For his efforts, Mr. Wyatt will receive the first prize of $1,500.

Mr. Wyatt’s thought-provoking paper, In Search of "Reasonable Compensation":  Patent Infringement by Defense Contractors with the Authorization and Consent of the U.S. Government will be published on the Court of Federal Claims website in the coming weeks.

The Bar Association and its Educational Outreach Committee would like to thank all the students who submitted papers to its inaugural writing competition.  We received many thoughtful papers on a diverse set of topics, including the implications of the Omnibus Autism Proceedings and the Truth in Negotiation Act as it relates to government contracts.  However, Mr. Wyatt’s paper was judged best.  The judges found it well-written, informative, and on a topic squarely within the Court’s jurisdiction.  The judges awarded only one prize this year.  Submissions came from students at a number of law schools across the country.

The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association, a non-profit public interest organization, introduced the writing competition within the past year as a means of pursuing its educational mission of broadening the public’s knowledge of the Court of Federal Claims and its unique jurisdiction.  The Bar Association would like to thank the members of the Court community who provided advice and counsel and generally lent their support throughout the development of the competition.

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Seventh Annual Law Day Observance Luncheon

Posted on March 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

The United States Court of Federal Claims will hold itsSeventh Annual Law Day Observance Luncheon on May 7, 2010 at Noon.  The luncheon will feature special guest speaker Elena Kagan, Solicitor General of the United States.  The event will be held at the Willard Intercontinental, 14th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC. 

Elena Kagan was confirmed as the 45th Solicitor General of the United States in March 2009.  Prior to her confirmation, Elena Kagan was the Charles Hamilton Houston Professor of Law and the 11th Dean of Harvard Law School. During her nearly six-year tenure as Dean, Harvard Law School expanded and enhanced its faculty, modernized its curriculum, developed new campus facilities, promoted public service, and improved the student experience.

A leading scholar of administrative law, Kagan came to Harvard Law School as a visiting professor in 1999 and became Professor of Law in 2001. While on the faculty, Kagan taught administrative law, constitutional law, civil procedure, and seminars on issues involving the separation of powers. She was appointed Dean of the Law School in 2003.

From 1995 to 1999, Kagan served in the White House, first as Associate Counsel to the President (1995-96) and then as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council (1997-99). In those positions she played a key role in the executive branch’s formulation, advocacy, and implementation of law and policy in areas ranging from education to crime to public health.

Kagan launched her academic career at the University of Chicago Law School, where she became an assistant professor in 1991 and a tenured professor of law in 1995. In 1993, Kagan received the graduating students’ award for teaching excellence.

Kagan clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1986 to 1987. The next year, she clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. She worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly from 1989 to 1991.

Kagan received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton in 1981. She attended Worcester College, Oxford, as Princeton’s Daniel M. Sachs Graduating Fellow, and received an M. Phil. in 1983. She then attended Harvard Law School, where she was supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review, and graduated magna cum laude in 1986.

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Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt Announces the Appointment of Special Master Sandra D. (Dee) Lord as Chief Special Master of the Vaccine Program

Posted on April 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt of the United States Court of Federal Claims (USCFC) announces the USCFC’s appointment on April 8, 2010 of Special Master Sandra D. (Dee) Lord to the position of Chief Special Master of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (Vaccine Program), located within the USCFC by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, codified at 42 U.S.C. §§ 300aa-1 to -34. Chief Special Master Lord succeeds to the position held by former Chief Special Master Gary Golkiewicz, who continues his service to the Vaccine Program as Special Master.

For Chief Special Master Lord’s biography, please visit http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sandra-dee-lord.

 

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Winner of the 2009 Law Student Writing Competition Recognized at Law Day Observance Luncheon

Posted on May 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

Left-Right:  Chief Judge Emily Hewitt, Timothy Wyatt, winner, and Melonie McCall, Immediate Past President

On May 7th, at the Court’s annual Law Day observance, the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association presented Timothy R. Wyatt, the winner of our 2009 Law Student Writing Competition, with the first prize of $1,500 for his paper, In Search of Reasonable Compensation: Patent Infringement by Defense Contractors with the Authorization and Consent of the U.S. Government.

Wyatt is a graduating 3L at Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, NC. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University and also holds a graduate degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to attending law school, he worked for more than ten years as a private contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense. As a law student, he has served as Articles Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review and president of the Wake Forest intellectual property law association. He has received the Brooks Pierce empirical studies award for outstanding student contribution to the Wake Forest Law Review, and the Airport Cooperative Research Program graduate research award for his study on legal challenges to airport construction. Upon graduation and passing the bar exam, he plans to practice construction law for Conner Gwyn Schenck, PLLC in Greensboro, NC.

Thanks to our friends and colleagues at the Federal Circuit Bar Association, Timothy’s paper will be published in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal later this year. To read the introduction of Timothy’s paper, click here.

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Inside 717 January/March 2010 Edition Now Available

Posted on May 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

The January/March 2010 edition of Inside 717 is now available to bar association members for viewing.

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Spring 2010 Newsletter

Posted on June 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

The Spring 2010 newsletter is now available - click here to view.

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Jan. 14 Deadline Approaching for Law Student Writing Competition

Posted on June 16, 2010 in Uncategorized
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association announces its 2010 Law Student Writing Competition. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association (CFCBA) is a voluntary bar association made up of nationwide members who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The goal of this competition is to promote education about the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and its distinctive role in American jurisprudence, and to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that lie within its jurisdiction.

The United States Court of Federal Claims, which hears claims against the United States, has existed in its current and predecessor forms for more than 150 years. The current court was created pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution in October 1982. Its predecessor, the United States Claims Court, was created in 1855 when Congress established a court to hear private suits against the sovereign. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts, express or implied-in-fact, with the United States.

The cases before the Court are diverse. They include tax refund suits, government contracts, Fifth Amendment takings - which raise environmental and natural resource issues, civilian and military pay, intellectual property – including use by the government or its contractors of technology protected by patents or copyrights, Indian tribe, and Vaccine Injury Compensation matters.
 
Entries to the contest may discuss any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The rules of the contest appear below.
 
COMPETITION RULES

Eligibility
Any law student in good standing currently enrolled at an ABA accredited law school may enter the competition. Students are permitted and encouraged to use papers that they prepared for law school courses and seminars during the Spring and Fall 2010 school semesters as their entries.
 
DeadlineEntries must be received by FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011.

Prize(s)One cash prize of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500) will be awarded to the entry deemed by the judges to be the best. In their discretion, the judges may award a second cash prize of a lesser amount to the entry deemed second best. The winner(s) will receive significant favorable publicity to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. It is anticipated that the winning entry or entries will be published on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims website and on the website of the CFCBA. In addition, the CFCBA may explore other publication opportunities. For example, the paper selected as the 2009 winner has been accepted for publication in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal.

The winner(s) will be announced as soon as they are determined, but no later than March 14, 2011. The winner(s) will also be recognized at the annual Law Day Celebration hosted by the Court of Federal Claims in May 2011.                        

Submissions:

1.  Submission of a paper in accord with these rules constitutes registration. Pre-registration is not necessary.

2.  All papers should be prepared during the Spring or Fall 2010 academic semesters. Papers shall be the sole work product of the student. Normal comment and guidance by law school faculty is permitted.

3.  Papers must address a topic that lies within the substance, procedure, or scope of the specialized jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

4.  Papers will be judged by selected members of the CFCBA. The papers will be judged generally on their substance, clarity, timeliness, and quality of argument. However, details of form will not be ignored.

5.  Papers will be judged anonymously. The entrant’s name and school should not appear on the paper. (See instructions below.) Students shall inform the CFCBA of any change in contact information prior to the announcement of a winner. Only one entry per student is allowed.

6.  Papers should be approximately 25 pages in length. Papers shall not exceed 30 pages, including footnotes. Papers must be typed in 12 point typeface (both text and footnotes), double-spaced, on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. Footnotes may be single spaced. All citations and footnotes should be in accord with the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

7.  Submissions must be sent by email to the CFCBA at sandy@cfcbar.org no later than 11:59 p.m., January 14, 2011. Questions should be directed to the same address.

Instructions for making a submission:
     a. Address the subject line of the email as “2010 Law Student Writing Competition.”
     b. Attach the email as a PDF document.
     c. Do not include your name or the name of your law school within the paper. However, within your email include: 
          i. Your name;
          ii. Your contact information, including your email address, mailing address, and telephone number; 
          iii. Your year in law school;
          iv. Certification that you are a student in good standing and identification of the law school you are currently attending;
          v. Explanation of when and why you prepared the submission, e.g., for a law school course; 
          vi. Permission for the CFCBA and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to publish the paper on their websites and for the CFCBA to circulate the paper to its members.
     d. Each submission should include a title, which shall appear on the first page of the submission. No separate title page should be sent.
 

8. The CFCBA reserves the right to screen entries and to limit the number of papers submitted to the judges for final decision. The CFCBA will confirm receipt of submissions within 10 business days.

9. Submissions will not be returned to authors. Submission of a paper grants the CFCBA the right to publish the paper on its website and in its newsletter. Previously published (and papers previously accepted for publication, but not yet published) will not be accepted. Failure of the student to preserve this grant may result in disqualification. Receipt of a CFCBA award and publication by the CFCBA on its website and in its newsletter does not preclude later publication elsewhere.

10. The CFCBA reserves the right to award only one prize or no prize, should there not be sufficient entries that, in the discretion of the CFCBA, merit an award. 

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23rd Judicial Conference on October 27, 2010

Posted on July 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

The United States Court of Federal Claims will hold its 23rd Judicial Conference in Washington, DC on October 27, 2010 at the National Courts Building followed by a special reception at the United States Supreme Court.  This title of this year's conference is "Jurisdiction and Appellate Review:  Emerging Law" and the schedule includes several interesting panels moderated by the judges of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  At the conclusion of the conference, attendees will board buses to attend a special reception at the U.S. Supreme Court, which will be hosted by Justice Antonin Scalia.  For more information and to view the conference brochure and registration information, please click here.  To view sponsorship opportunities, please click here.

Special Vaccine Program:  On the day before the Judicial Conference, October 26th, starting at 9:00 a.m. Courtroom 201 will be available to the Vaccine Program petitioners' bar.  For more information about this program, please click here.

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Inside 717 April/June 2010 Edition Now Available

Posted on August 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

The April/June 2010 edition of Inside 717 is now available to bar association members for viewing.

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Scholarship Program for Judicial Conference

Posted on September 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association offers scholarships to individuals, who would otherwise be unable to attend, to be used for offsetting the cost of attendance at the annual Court of Federal Claims Judicial Conference and other programs designated by the Bar Association.  Scholarships will not exceed the amount set as the fee for conference registration.  No scholarship monies will be awarded for travel or other expenses.  All applications must be submitted no later than October 1, 2010.  To apply, please click here.

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Fall 2010 Newsletter

Posted on October 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

The Fall 2010 Newsletter is now available - click on the image to view.

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Court Closed November 26, 2010

Posted on November 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

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Annual Election Results

Posted on November 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

The following were elected to serve the Bar Association via votes received at the Annual Meeting of the Membership on October 27, 2010 and by proxy ballots received by October 28, 2010:

Officers:

2011 President*:  Bryant Snee, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, U.S. DOJ
2011 President-Elect:  Luke Levasseur, Mayer Brown LLP
2011 Treasurer:  Lewis Wiener, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
2011 Secretary:  G. Rob Stewart, Tax Division, Court of Federal Claims Section, U.S. DOJ

Board of Governors:

Sarah Wilson, Covington & Burling LLP (3 year term)
Don Grove, Nordhaus Law Firm, LLP (3-year term)
John Fargo, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, U.S. DOJ (3-year term)
Voris Johnson, Civil Division, Torts Branch, U.S. DOJ (3-year term)

* Pursuant to Article V, Section 5.2 of the Bylaws, the President-Elect automatically succeeds to the position of President at the installation of officers.

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Inside 717 New Issue Published (Oct. - Dec. 2011)

Posted on January 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

The October - December 2011 edition of Inside 717 is available for viewing by members by clicking here.

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Inside 717: New Edition Available (Oct. - Dec. 2010)

Posted on March 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

The October-December 2010 edition of Inside 717 is now available for viewing by members.

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Law Day Observance Luncheon

Posted on March 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
 
 

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims is pleased to open registration for its Eighth Annual Law Day Observance Luncheon on May 10, 2011 at 12:00pm at the Willard Intercontinental, Washington, DC. 

Special guest speaker, Daniel R. Coquillette, Professor of Law at Boston College of Law and the Charles Warren Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, will speak on John Adams and the Boston Massacre trials. John Adams' role in the 1770 Boston Massacre trials is regarded as a noteworthy example of the defense of commitment to the rule of law and defense of the rights of the accused, even in cases when advocates represent unpopular clients and become involved in matters that generate public controversy. Patriot, advocate, diplomat, constitutional theorist and political activist, Adams became our nation's first lawyer-president in 1797. The 2011 Law Day theme provides us with an opportunity to assess and celebrate the legacy of John Adams, explore the historical and contemporary role of lawyers in defending the rights of the accused, and renew our understanding of and appreciation for the fundamental principle of the rule of law. 

To view Professor Coquillette's biography, click here.

To register, please click here.

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Brown Bag Program on March 31, 2011

Posted on March 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is proud to co-host an educational program on "Best Practices for and Introduction to the Court of Federal Claims" on March 31st from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Join us as our esteemed panel members, including Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt and Judge Marian Blank Horn, provide insight into practice in the court.  Please click here to view the announcement, which includes program and registration details.

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Writing Competition Winner Announced

Posted on April 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association proudly announces Craig Schwartz, a third-year law student at Northwestern University School of Law, as the winner of its 2010 Law Student Writing Competition.  For his efforts, Mr. Schwartz will receive the first prize of $1,500.

Mr. Schwartz’s thought-provoking and timely paper, “Enough Already: Why the Time Is Right to Reform 28 U.S.C. § 1500 and Its Jurisprudence,” will soon be published by the UCLA Law Review Discourses and will be available through the Bar Association’s website.

The Bar Association and its Educational Outreach Committee would like to thank all the students who submitted papers to its second annual writing competition.  We received a number of papers on a diverse set of topics.  Mr. Schwartz’s paper was judged best, finding it well-written, informative, and on a topic squarely within the Court’s jurisdiction.  The judges awarded only one prize this year.  Submissions came from students at a number of law schools across the country.

The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association, a non-profit public interest organization, introduced this annual law student writing competition in 2009, as a means of advancing its educational mission of broadening the public’s knowledge of the Court of Federal Claims and its unique jurisdiction.  The Bar Association would like to thank the members of the Court community who provided advice and counsel and lent their support throughout the competition.

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Proposed Changes to the Rules of the Court of Federal Claims

Posted on June 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

The United States Court of Federal Claims has issued a notice that it has proposed amendments to the Rules of the Court of Federal Claims. You can find the Court of Federal Claims' Notice of Proposed Rules Change on the court's website by clicking here.

Hazel Keahey, Clerk of the Court, will accept comments through June 17, 2011. The Court's notice indicates that, absent further notice, the proposed rules are expected to become effective July 15, 2011.

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Spring / Summer 2011 Newsletter Available

Posted on June 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Today the Bar Association published it's first ever E-Newsletter, which was sent to all members.  A printable version is available for viewing by clicking here.

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Inside 717: New Edition Available (Jan. - Mar. 2011)

Posted on June 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

The January - March 2011 edition of Inside 717 is now available for viewing by members by clicking here.

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Special Membership Offer for Judicial Conference

Posted on July 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Membership will be extended through December 31, 2012 for any new member who (i) joins the bar association by paying one calendar year of dues; and (ii) registers to attend the Judicial Conference on October 18-19 in Berkeley, CA.  Not only will new members save on the price of the conference (up to $100 savings for private practitioners and up to $50 savings for government/academic), but they will also save on membership by paying dues for one calendar year (2011) and receiving membership for two calendar years (2011-2012).  Don't miss out on this great offer!  Click here to join and learn about the many other benefits of membership.
 

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Register Now for 2011 Judicial Conference

Posted on August 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

TWO MONTHS TO GO!  The Western Conference of the Bench & Bar is now quickly approaching.  Please note that early registration is available until Friday, September 16, 2011, and special reduced conference rates are available to members of our co-sponsor organizations that are listed here.
 

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Scholarship Program for Judicial Conference

Posted on September 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association offers scholarships to individuals, who would otherwise be unable to attend, to be used for offsetting the cost of attendance at the annual Court of Federal Claims Judicial Conference and other programs designated by the Bar Association.  Scholarships will not exceed the amount set as the fee for conference registration.  No scholarship monies will be awarded for travel or other expenses.  All applications must be received by Monday, October 3 at 5:00pm Eastern.  To apply, please click here.

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Winning Article of Writing Competition Published

Posted on September 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

On April 7, 2011 the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association announced Craig Schwartz, then a third-year law student at Northwestern University School of Law, as the winner of its 2010 Law Student Writing Competition.

Mr. Schwartz’s article, entitled “How to Tame the Tucker Act Shuffle After Tohono O’odham” was recently published in UCLA Law Review Discourse (59 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 2 (2011)).  A link to the article in PDF format can be found here or in a web-based version.

For his efforts, Mr. Schwartz received a first prize of $1,500 and was an honored guest of the Bar Association at the 2011 Law Day Celebration.  The Association congratulates Mr. Schwartz on the publication of his article.  Mr. Schwartz recently began serving as a law clerk to Judge Thomas C. Wheeler of the Court of Federal Claims.

Rules for the 2011 Law Student Writing Competition will be announced shortly.

 

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Conference Approaching Quickly - Register Now!

Posted on October 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

The 24th Judicial Conference will take place at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley, CA on October 18-19, 2011.  Please click here to register and for additional information about the conference and lodging.  Because fall is a peak travel time in northern California, the Claremont suggests that the sooner lodging reservations are secured, the better.  Hotel reservations must be made separately with the hotel by registrants.

Berkeley is a city on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay in Northern California. While summers often bring fog, fall weather is characterized by clear skies, dry days, and warm nights. In October the average high is 70.0°F and the average low is 55.9°F, with 1.37 inches of rain on average. The harvest season in the wine country of Napa and Sonoma Counties—called “the Crush”—will be in full swing during this time.

All Judicial Conference daytime functions will be business casual. Attendees may wish to wear business attire for evening activities. The Berkeley area is on the casual side when it comes to attire, so no special care needs to be taken for dining or touring outside of Judicial Conference events.

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2011-2012 Law Student Writing Competition Underway

Posted on October 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association announces its 2011-2012 Law Student Writing Competition. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association (CFCBA) is a voluntary bar association made up of nationwide members who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The goal of this competition is to promote interest in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and its distinctive role in American jurisprudence, and to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that lie within its jurisdiction.

The United States Court of Federal Claims, which hears claims against the United States, has existed in its current and predecessor forms for more than 150 years. The current court was created pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution in October 1982. Its predecessor, the United States Claims Court, was created in 1855 when Congress established a court to hear private suits against the sovereign. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts, express or implied-in-fact, with the United States.

The cases before the Court are diverse. They include (but are not limited to) disputes concerning tax refunds, contacts with the government, Fifth Amendment takings (which frequently raise environmental and natural resource issues), federal civilian and military pay, intellectual property (including use by the government or its contractors of technology protected by patents or copyrights), Native American rights, federal procurement “bid protests,” and the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program.
 
Entries to the contest may discuss any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The rules of the contest appear below.
 
COMPETITION RULES

EligibilityAny law student in good standing currently enrolled at an ABA accredited law school may enter the competition. Students are permitted and encouraged to use papers that they prepared for law school courses and seminars during the 2011-2012 academic year as their entries.
 
DeadlineEntries must be received NO LATER THAN 11:59PM EASTERN ON FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012.
Prize(s)One cash prize of TWO Thousand Dollars ($2,000) will be awarded to the entry deemed by the judges, in their discretion, to be the best.  The winner will receive significant favorable publicity to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. It is anticipated that the winning entry will be published on the website of the Association.  In addition, the Association may support other publication opportunities. Winning articles from prior years have been published in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and in the ULCA Law Review Discourses Journal. .
The winner will be announced as soon as determined, but no later than the Court of Federal Claims Judicial Conference to be held in October 2012.                         
Submissions:
1.  Submission of a paper in accord with these rules constitutes registration. Pre-registration is not necessary.

2.  All papers should be prepared during the 2011-12 academic year.  Papers shall be the sole work product of the student. Normal comment and guidance by law school faculty is permitted.

3.  Papers must address a topic that lies within the substance, procedure, or scope of the specialized jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

4.  Papers will be judged by selected members of the CFCBA. The papers will be judged generally on their substance, clarity, timeliness, and quality of argument. However, details of form will not be ignored.

5.  Papers will be judged anonymously. The entrant’s name and school should not appear on the paper. (See instructions below.) Students shall inform the CFCBA of any change in contact information prior to the announcement of a winner. Only one entry per student is allowed.

6.  Papers should be approximately 20-30 pages in length, including footnotes, and may not exceed 40 pages in length, including footnotes. Papers must be typed in 12 point typeface (both text and footnotes), double-spaced, on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. Footnotes may be single spaced. All citations and footnotes should be in accord with the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

7.  Submissions must be submitted via email to the CFCBA at 
sandy@cfcbar.org no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern, June 29, 2012. Questions should be directed to the same address.
Instructions for making a submission:
     a. Address the subject line of the email as “2011-12 Law Student Writing Competition.”
     b. Attach the email as a PDF document.
     c. Do not include your name or the name of your law school within the paper. However, within your email include: 
          i. Your name;
          ii. Your contact information, including your email address, mailing address, and telephone number; 
          iii. Your year in law school;
          iv. Certification that you are a student in good standing and identification of the law school you are currently attending;
          v. Explanation of when and why you prepared the submission, e.g., for a law school course; 
          vi. Permission for the CFCBA and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to publish the paper on their websites and for the CFCBA to circulate the paper to its members.
     d. Each submission should include a title, which shall appear on the first page of the submission. No separate title page should be sent.

8. The CFCBA reserves the right to screen entries and to limit the number of papers submitted to the judges for final decision. The CFCBA will confirm receipt of submissions within 10 business days.

9. Submissions will not be returned to authors. Submission of a paper grants the CFCBA the right to publish the paper on its website and in its newsletter. Previously published papers will not be accepted. Failure of the student to preserve this grant may result in disqualification. Receipt of a CFCBA award and publication by the CFCBA on its website and in its newsletter does not preclude later publication elsewhere.

10. The CFCBA reserves the right to award no prize in the event the CFCBA does not receive an entry that, in the judgment of the CFCBA, merits an award.
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Fall 2011 E-Newsletter Available

Posted on October 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Fall 2011 E-Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking here.

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Holiday Court Closures - General Order

Posted on October 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

The United States Court of Federal Claims will be closed on Friday, November 25, 2011, Friday, December 23, 2011 and Friday, December 30, 2011.  To view the complete General Order please click here.

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Inside 717: New Edition Available (April-September 2011)

Posted on November 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

The April - September 2011 edition of Inside 717 is now available for viewing by members by clicking here.

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Annual Meeting/Election & Reception - December 8

Posted on November 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

Please mark your calendar to attend the bar association's Annual Meeting/Election and Reception on Thursday, December 8, 2011.  The events will be held at the National Courts Complex, 717 Madison Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005.  The Annual Meeting will be held at the Tayloe House beginning at 5:00pm.  The Reception will be held at the Dolley Madison House beginning at 5:30pm and will honor Chief Deputy Clerk, Carole Bailey, on the occasion of her retirement from federal service.  All members of the bar association, judges, special masters, law clerks and staff of the Court are welcome to attend.

Please RSVP to Aimee Snow (202-357-6416) or aimee_snow@ao.uscourts.gov no later than December 1, 2011 indicating that you are attending the meeting, reception or both events.

Slate of Nominees:

Officers:
President*: Luke Levasseur, Mayer Brown LLP
President-Elect: G. Rob Stewart, Tax Division, Court of Federal Claims Section, U.S. DOJ
Treasurer: Marc Smith, Environment & Natural Resources Division, U.S. DOJ
Secretary: Lewis Wiener, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Board of Governors:
Mark Barron, Environment & Natural Resources Division, U.S. DOJ (3-year term)
William Bergmann, Baker & Hostetler (3-year term)
Altom Maglio, Maglio Christopher & Toale (3-year term)
Patricia McCarthy, Civil Division, U.S. DOJ (1-year term)
Matthew Solomson, Sidley Austin LLP (3-year term)

* Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, Luke Levasseur, the 2011 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2012, and current President, Bryant Snee, serves as Immediate Past President.

Pursuant to Section 5.3 of the Association's Articles of Incorporation, any Member of the Association is eligible for election to the Board of Governors and if not otherwise nominated may be nominated, with the permission of the nominee, upon petition signed by 15 percent (15%) of the Members. Should any Member wish to nominate a Member by petition, the petition and the acknowledgment of the nominee's willingness to serve, should be provided to the Association (via e-mail to sandy@cfcbar.org) no later than December 1, 2011 at 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time so that the nomination can be made known to the membership.

Members who cannot attend the meeting and wish to vote by proxy should click here and complete and return the proxy ballot as indicated on the form no later than December 7, 2011 at 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time. 

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Judicial Conference Slideshow Available for Viewing

Posted on November 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

To view the slideshow of the 24th Judicial Conference held in Berkeley, CA on October 18-19, 2011, please click here.

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Annual Election Results

Posted on December 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

The following were elected to serve the Bar Association in 2012 via votes received at the Annual Meeting of the Membership on December 8, 2011 and by proxy ballots received by December 7, 2011:

Officers
:
President*: Luke Levasseur, Mayer Brown LLP
President-Elect: G. Rob Stewart, Tax Division, Court of Federal Claims Section, U.S. DOJ
Treasurer: Marc Smith, Environment & Natural Resources Division, U.S. DOJ
Secretary: Lewis Wiener, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Board of Governors
:
Mark Barron, Environment & Natural Resources Division, U.S. DOJ (3-year term)
William Bergmann, Baker & Hostetler (3-year term)
Altom Maglio, Maglio Christopher & Toale (3-year term)
Patricia McCarthy, Civil Division, U.S. DOJ (1-year term)
Matthew Solomson, Sidley Austin LLP (3-year term)

* Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, Luke Levasseur, the 2011 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2012, and current President, Bryant Snee, serves as Immediate Past President.

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Notice: Phishing Scam

Posted on January 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

We have learned that phishing letters using the seal of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims have been sent to various persons, attempting to collect personal information from people.  We understand these letters also use the name of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.  As the Court has explained, these are scams.  If you receive such a letter, you should not respond or otherwise provide the solicited personal information.

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Annual Law Day Event on May 1 - Register Now!

Posted on February 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

This year, Law Day will be celebrated at a luncheon at the Willard Hotel on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The theme for Law Day is selected each year by the American Bar Association. The theme for Law Day 2012 is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.” We are delighted to welcome as our 2012 Law Day Speaker Linda Greenhouse, who served for thirty years as Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times and is now a Senior Research Scholar in Law, the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Senior Fellow at the Yale Law School.

Please click here for registration details

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Winter 2012 E-Newsletter Available

Posted on February 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Winter 2012 E-Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking here.

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Death Announcement: Senior Judge Thomas J. Lydon, 1927-2012

Posted on March 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Senior Judge Thomas J. Lydon, of the United States Court of Federal Claims, died Thursday, March 1, 2012.  Judge Lydon was appointed to the United States Court of Federal Claims by President Ronald Reagan on October 1, 1982.  He formally retired on August 1, 1987, but continued to serve the court as a Senior Judge.

Judge Lydon was born in Portland, Maine on June 3, 1927.  He graduated from the University of Maine, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952 and from Georgetown University Law Center, receiving an L.L.B.  degree in 1955 and an L.L.M. degree in 1957.

Judge Lydon served his country in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946.  He later served as an attorney in the Court of Claims Section, Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1955 to 1972, including service as Chief of the Court of Claims Section from 1967 to 1972, and as a Trial Commissioner of the United States Court of Claims from 1972 to 1982.

A funeral mass will take place on March 15, 2012, at 11 AM at St. Columba Catholic Church in Oxon Hill, Maryland, with visitation at 10 AM at the church.

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Inside 717 - New Issue Published (January - March 2012)

Posted on May 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

The January - March 2012 edition of Inside 717 is available for viewing by members by clicking here.

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Brown Bag Programs Coming Soon!

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is currently planning several brown bag programs and will have details posted here soon, so be sure to check back.  Each year the bar association presents a series of “brown bag” lunches.  Each program focuses on one of the major areas of substantive law within the Court’s jurisdiction, or presents a matter of general interest to the association membership. 

To view a listing of "brown bag" programs that have been offered in the past, CLICK HERE.

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