Annual Meeting/Election & Holiday Social
December 7, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Please join the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division for our Annual Meeting/Election and Holiday Social on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm at the Dolley Madison House in the National Courts Complex. 

If you would like to attend the meeting and reception please RSVP to no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 6, 2017.

Pursuant to section 5.3 of the Bar Association's By-Laws, the following candidates have been nominated for election by a Nominating Committee of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association as approved by the Bar Association's Governing Board. In nominating these candidates, the Nominating Committee considered a number of well-qualified candidates. The candidates nominated below have demonstrated a commitment to the Bar Association, and they practice in areas that reflect the scope of the Court's jurisdiction. 

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.
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 no later than November 30, 2017 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 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

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!  



General Order for U.S. Court of Federal Claims Holiday Schedule

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

Inside 717 Quarterly Update

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

Summer 2017 Newsletter

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

New in 2017 - Firm Membership

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 2017, 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
Edward J. Passarelli

It is my great honor and privilege to serve as the thirtieth President of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.  The United States Court of Federal Claims is unique in its nationwide jurisdiction and historic heritage of over a century and a half.  As the bar association of the Court of Federal Claims, we are comprised of both private civil litigators and Department of Justice attorneys working together to advance the administration of justice.

Practice before the Court of Federal Claims, and its predecessor the Court of Claims, historically has been remarkable for its civility.  Participation in the Bar Association’s activities not only provides opportunities for members to interact with judges and Court staff, but fosters this spirit of civility by bringing private and government practitioners together to accomplish common goals.

2017 promises to be a very exciting year for the Bar Association.  Your participation is extremely welcome and 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 hearing from you and working together!

Highest regards,

Edward J. Passarelli
President, Court of Federal Claims Bar Association

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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.