Altom M. Maglio
James Connor

It is truly an honor to serve as the 32nd President of this Bar Association.  Already a growing and vibrant Association, we have much in store for 2019.  Among other things, we plan to bring together our members in new and exciting ways to serve the Court and the public, including through further outreach to local law schools and law students – our future members!  And we have recent success to build on: the November 2018 judicial conference provided a fine example of all our Court and Bar Association has to offer.  Panels on national security, bid protests, tax, and rails-to-trails takings cases (all of which you can view here) provided unique insight into the the extensive reach of the Court’s jurisdiction.  And the reception that followed at the Hay-Adams hotel allowed the bench and bar to come together to socialize, renew our shared bonds, and get to know one another outside the context of litigation. 

One of our main goals for this year – and this is where you come in – is to increase engagement with our existing members.  We have many active members, but we also have members who have not yet utilized all the benefits of the Bar Association.  We host brown-bag luncheon educational programs, which our members present and attend.  We publish Inside 717 (named after the address of the Court, 717 Madison Place), a quarterly publication reporting on significant rulings in all major areas of the Court’s jurisdiction.  We also publish a newsletter, which includes items such as questions-and-answers with judges and interesting history about the Court.  We hope that you will consider serving on a brown-bag luncheon panel, writing a summary of one of your recent cases for Inside 717, contributing a short article to the newsletter, or even reaching out to us to tell us you are interested in becoming more involved.

One of the stated purposes of our Bar Association, directly from our Articles of Incorporation, is to “preserve and promulgate the heritage and tradition” of the Court.  By involving more of our members in all the Bar Association has to offer – and utilizing each member’s unique experiences and talents – we can work together to continue to achieve this important purpose. 

Best regards,

James Connor
President, Court of Federal Claims Bar Association