Registration Open for 29th Annual Judicial Conference

The United States Court of Federal Claims' 29th Annual Judicial Conference will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.  All sessions will take place at the National Courts Building, 717 Madison Place, NW, with an evening reception at The Hay-Adams, 800 16th Street, NW.  The panels include discussions on Judiciary and National Security, Tax, Bid Protest, Rails-to-Trails and Vaccine.

Individual registrations and sponsorship opportunities are available.  

Click here for more details.

Webinar / Brown Bag:  October 25, 2018 at 1:00pm
The Federal Circuit's Top 10 Government Contract Decisions of 2018

In 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided significant bid protest appeals, an important termination decision, as well as other cases concerning its jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of the boards of contract appeals.  Please join us for a joint U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and Federal Circuit Bar Association Webinar to discuss significant decisions from 2018.  Please click here for further details and registration.

Brown Bag Series:  November 1, 2018 at 4:00pm
Trial Practice Tips for New and Experienced Practitioners

The United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association are pleased to announce their next joint educational program:  “Trial Practice Tips for New and Experienced Practitioners.”  This brown bag program will take place on November 1, 2018, from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm, followed by a wine reception with light hors d'oeuvres.  Four judges of the United States Court of Federal Claims will be participating in this panel and sharing their views and tips for effective oral advocacy in different situations.  Robert E. Kirschman, Director of the National Courts Section at the Department of Justice and Lewis S. Wiener, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP will share the perspective of the bar regarding this important topic. This highly qualified panel is not to be missed.  Please click here for further details and registration.





Please update your records to reflect our new mailing address:

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
455 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 335
Washington, DC 20001

Inside 717 Quarterly Update

Please click here to read the quarterly update of Inside 717 (April - July 2018).

General Order - Court Holiday Schedule

Please see attached Order from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims regarding the upcoming holiday schedule.

Law Day Observance Luncheon

The Law Day Observance Luncheon held on May 1, 2018 was a great success!  We were honored to have Solicitor General Noel Francisco as the keynote speaker.  Click here to view photos of the event.






Spring 2018 Newsletter

The Spring 2018 Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking here

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!  



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
Lynn J. Bush 10/21/2013
Emily C. Hewitt 10/21/2013
Edward J. Damich 10/21/2013
Nancy B. Firestone 10/21/2013
George W. Miller 08/07/2013
Lawrence J. Block 01/08/2016
Marian Blank Horn 03/10/2018


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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Thursday October 25th, 2018 to Thursday October 25th, 2018

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.