PAST BROWN BAGS


October 24, 2017 at 12:00pm
Brown Bag/Webinar:  E-Discovery

Join the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, in conjunction with the Federal Circuit Bar Association, for a Brown Bag/Webinar on E-Discovery.  Our distinguished speakers will cover the basics of e-discovery, its prevalence, and emerging issues.  This brown bag event and webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 24th, from 12-1pm.  

Topics to be addressed include: complex e-discovery issues; the development of e-discovery policies, practices, and training; information management; crafting discovery requests; and proportionality in e-discovery. Registrants may submit questions for the panel to sandy@cfcbar.org.

The brown bag / webinar is free for members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and the Federal Circuit Bar Association. The cost for non-members is $10.00.  If you would like to attend in person please note that seating is limited and you must choose the "in person" registration option.


May 31, 2017 at 1:30pm
It's Raining Cases:  Perspectives from the OSM and DOJ on Current Vaccine Injury Case Administration

The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association, in conjunction with the Federal Circuit Bar Association, are pleased to announce the brown bag / webinar: “It’s Raining Cases: Perspectives from the OSM and DOJ on Current Vaccine Injury Case Administration.” This brown bag webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 1:30 pm ET.

Special Master Herbrina D. Sanders will serve as panel moderator. She began as a Special Master of the United States Court of Federal Claims on January 9, 2017. Special Master Sanders graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology, and she received her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. Prior to her appointment to the Office of Special Masters, Ms. Sanders worked as a Trial Attorney in the United States’ Department of Justice, Criminal Division, where she led investigations and prosecutions in cases involving crimes against children.

Chief Special Master Nora Beth Dorsey will discuss the greatly increased number of vaccine injury cases being filed in the United States Court of Federal Claims; the adjudication of entitlement, damages, and attorney’s fees; and the Court’s plans for the future.

Catharine E. Reeves will discuss how the Department of Justice is handling the increased number of vaccine injury filings, the department's processing of those cases, and the department's plans for future.

The brown bag / webinar is free for members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and the Federal Circuit Bar Association. The cost for non-members is $50.00.  If you would like to attend in person please note that seating is limited and you must choose the "in person" registration option. 


October 26, 2016 at 12:15pm
Brown Bag Series:  Help Us Help You - An Insider's Guide to Filing Tips and Procedural Innovations at USCFC

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: Help Us Help You: An Insider’s Guide to Filing Tips and Procedural Innovations at USCFC. This free lunchtime program will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Venable LLP in Washington, DC. This program will also be available via a webinar.


August 4, 2016
Burnout to Breakthrough:  Insider Secrets to Creating Work-Life Balance That Works

Lunch will be provided to all CFC Bar Association members at no cost.

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:  “Burnout to Breakthrough: Insider Secrets to Creating Work-Life Balance that Works.”  This brown bag program will take place on Thursday, August 4, 2016, from 12:15pm - 1:30 pm.  The presentation will feature an interactive panel discussion with a life coach, attorneys from the private bar and government bar, and the Chief Judge of this Court, who will share their own personal anecdotes and tips to managing the stress that is inherent to the legal profession while still maintaining an active personal life.  


April 14, 2016 12:30pm
The Importance of Pro Bono Work for Young Lawyers

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is pleased to announce a lunchtime program to discuss the importance of pro bono work for young lawyers both in the private and public sectors.  Please hold April 14 open to join us to learn more about the Court’s pilot pro bono program and other pro bono opportunities.  We are privileged to welcome the Honorable Elaine D. Kaplan, James Boland, and Laura Klein for this presentation.


March 18, 2016 12:00pm
Discovery at the Court of Federal Claims:  Tips from the Judiciary and the Bar

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:  “Discovery at the Court of Federal Claims: Tips from the Bar and the Judiciary.”  This brown bag program will take place on Friday, March 18, from 12:00pm - 1:15 pm.  The Honorable Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams will be a featured panelist on our highly qualified panel.  She will be sharing some of her tips from the judiciary about how discovery should be conducted.  Senior Litigation Counsel Sarah Himmelhoch will focus on the challenges and pitfalls of E-discovery.  Debra S. Katz will be addressing how to deal with annoying and sometimes abusive discovery tactics.

Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams has been on the United States Court of Federal Claims since 2003.   Prior to serving on the USCFC, Judge Williams served as an administrative judge for 14 years on the General Services Administration Board of Contract Appeals, where she resolved federal government contract cases.  Prior to her service as an administrative judge, Judge Williams was a partner in the law firm of Janis, Schuelke and Weschler, focusing on civil litigation, and she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice.

Sarah D. Himmelhoch is the Senior Litigation Counsel for E-Discovery for the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She has been with that division in the Department of Justice since 1992, serving as a trial attorney, senior counsel, special counsel, and now as the senior litigation counsel.  Her practice has focused on complex civil environmental enforcement claims against industries pursuant to statutes such as the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and the Superfund statute.  Her caseload has included a prominent role in the multi-district litigation arising out of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, pursuant to which she has worked with over 15 federal agencies to preserve, collect, and (for some agencies) produce massive volumes of electronically stored information.

Debra S. Katz is a founding partner of Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP, an 18-lawyer plaintiff-side law firm based in Washington, DC.  For over 30 years she has been a high profile litigator of employment discrimination, whistleblower protection cases, Title IX, and other civil rights and civil liberties matters.  Among her honors was the selection by Best Lawyers as the “Best Civil Rights Lawyer” in Washington, DC in 2013, and by Lawdragon as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America.”  She is a frequent panelist and lecturer on discovery issues.


January 14, 2016 2:00pm
Webcast:  Military, Civilian and Judicial Pay Claims
In conjunction with the Federal Circuit Bar Association

This panel ventures into lesser-known areas of the Court’s practice: judicial, military and civilian pay claims. The judicial pay panelists will discuss Beer v. United States, 696 F.3d 1174 (Fed. Cir. 2012) (en banc), which concerned Constitution-based judicial pay claims, and its aftermath. The military pay panelists will introduce listeners to the various types of military pay cases, including their substantive and unique procedural features. The civilian pay panelists will do the same regarding civilian pay cases, including the exploding area of Fair Labor Standards Act litigation.


November 18, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Breach Damages

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Washington, DC 20004

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is pleased to announce a Brown Bag luncheon program featuring a wide-ranging discussion of the impact that the line of Spent Nuclear Fuel cases has had on the Court’s damages jurisprudence, and how these cases may impact breach of contract cases in the future.  Please join our panelists, Chris Carney, of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division and Brad Fagg of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, for a discussion that will touch a number of topics, including recovery of future damages in cases of an ongoing, partial breach; duties of mitigation, and basic issues of causation, foreseeability, and burdens of proof.

Please register for this program in advance so that we may have an accurate headcount.  The  Bar Association will furnish beverages for lunch, and you are encouraged to bring your own brown bag lunch to enjoy during the discussion.   


July 16, 2015 4:00-5:00pm
U.S. Court of Federal Claims - How it Works
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Washington, DC

The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association in conjunction with its The Young Lawyers Division and the United States Court of Federal Claims is sponsoring a late afternoon Brown Bag with a reception to follow on July 16, 2015.  We know you will have already eaten by the 4 pm start, so instead of lunch we will have a substantive discussion with a panel comprised of two distinguished jurists and government and private practice attorneys, followed by a reception hosted by the private law firm of Rogers Joseph Donnell, PC.  The substantive session will be in Courtroom 203 – so this will be food free and only totally empty Brown Bags are permitted.

We cordially invite interns of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, summer law clerks at the U.S. Department of Justice, law firm Summer Associates, and Young Lawyers interested in learning more about the Court and its Bar Association to attend an outstanding afternoon panel at the Court and reception hosted by Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, PC.  This will be a great opportunity to learn about the variety of practice areas within the Court’s jurisdiction and network with current bar members.  Panelists include: Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby and Senior Judge Nancy B. Firestone of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; George R. Stewart, Assistant Chief, Court of Federal Claims Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice; and Lewis S. Wiener, Chair, Insurance and Financial Services Litigation Group and a member of the firm's Executive Committee, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP and former trial lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice.  Edward J. Passarelli, Deputy Chief, Natural Resources Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, will act as the panel moderator.  Messrs. Stewart, Wiener, and Passarelli are all former Presidents of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.  

The reception following the panel will be hosted by Rogers Joseph Donnell, PC, to their offices located at 875 15th Street, NW, Suite 725, Washington, DC 20005.  There is no cost to attend these events.  Please register using the following link.


April 1, 2015 12:00pm
Considerations in Forum Selection for the Adjudication of Government Contract Disputes - Practicing Before the Court of Federal Claims and Board of Contract Appeals

Venable LLP
Washington, DC

Please hold April 1 open and join us for another superlative Brown Bag program, sponsored by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.  This is a great way to learn from a variety of perspectives the differences in practice and consideration that one makes in litigating claims and bid protests.  Panelists include: Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams of the Court of Federal Claims;  Judge Jack Delman from the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals; Kenneth D. Woodrow from the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch; and Joshua Drewitz, Associate General Counsel, for Textron Inc.  Leading the panel as moderator/panelist will be Michael J. Schaengold, Shareholder and Global Co-Chair, Government Contracts & Projects Practice of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.  Mr. Schaengold has co-authored “Choice of Forum for Government Contract Claims: Court of Federal Claims vs. Board of Contract Appeals” published in 2008 in The Federal Circuit Bar Journal and “Choice of Forum for Federal Government Contract Bid Protests” published in 2009 in The Federal Circuit Bar Journal.  Versions of both articles were also published by the Briefing Papers (Thomson Reuters).  This event will be hosted by James Y. Boland of Venable, LLP’s Government Contracts Group, at their offices located at 575 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC.


July 24, 2014 at 12:00pm
Tips on Presenting Expert Testimony
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Washington, DC

Please hold July 24 open and join us for another superlative Brown Bag program, this time sponsored by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.  The panel will include (i) Peter Dykema, Trial Attorney in the Natural Resources Section, Environment & Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice; and (ii) Eric Bloom, a senior litigation partner at Winston & Strawn.  This event will be hosted by Lewis Wiener and held at the offices of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, 700 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC.

Although this event is part of the Brown Bag Series, lunch will be provided to all attendees and registration is required.


May 15, 2014 at 12:00pm
Perspectives From The Bench:  Tips on Advocating to the Court in Writing & Orally
Federal Circuit Bar Association
Washington, DC

The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and the Federal Circuit Bar Association are pleased to announce their next joint educational program: “Perspectives From the Bench: Tips on Advocating to the Court in Writing and Orally.” This brown bag program will take place Thursday, May 15, from noon to 1:30 pm. We will have a panel that will include three Jurists. The Honorable Judge Elaine D. Kaplan will be joined by a Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Judge and Special Master Brian H. Corcoran from the Court of Federal Claims. The panel will be co-moderated by Lewis Wiener of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and David Ralston of Foley Lardner.


March 10, 2014 at 12:00pm
Tactics in Presenting Complex Subjects to Courts
Venable LLP
Washington, DC

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: “Tactics in Presenting Complex Subjects to Courts.” This brown bag program will take place Monday, March 10, from noon to 1:30 pm. The Honorable Francis M. Allegra will be our speaker and, among other topics, he will be addressing using the Rule 16 conference to educate the Judge, the effective use of experts and export reports, and the best practices for demonstrative exhibits. This presentation will be geared to the addressing complex subject matter across all of the areas of practice before the Court of Federal Claims.

Senior Judge Allegra has been on the Court of Federal Claims since 1998. He is also a frequent lecturer at the Federal Judicial Center, particularly on topics involving electronic discovery and the use of technology in judging. Judge Allegra is an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2012, he received from Georgetown the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award.

Judge Allegra will be borrowing much of his presentation from Chapter 7 of his recent book, Plugged In: Guidebook to Software and the Law, by Francis M. Allegra and Daniel B. Garrie, published by Thomson Reuters. Chapter 7 is entitled: "A Procedural Framework for Educating Decisionmakers About Software." This chapter of the book addresses in depth, the Rule 16 conference, party experts, the admissibility of expert testimony on software, finding and selecting the right expert, making more effective use of the expert reports, joint expert reports, Special Masters and court-appointed experts, effective direct and cross-examination of witnesses testifying about software, the proper use of demonstratives, and modes of questioning. He will be adapting his presentation so that the topic will have great utility to those in any practice area within the Court of Federal Claims’ jurisdiction.


June 19, 2013 at 12:00pm
Meet the Special Masters
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Washington, DC

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: “Meet the Office of Special Masters,” a brown bag lunch program that will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EDT, in Courtroom 4 of the National Courts Building.

For the first time, members of the Bar Association who are not in Washington, DC are invited to participate in the program via either videoconference or webcast, depending upon location. The Court and the Bar Association are partnering with the Federal Judicial Center and two law schools to offer this program: the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law and the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Bar members located near Tempe, AZ or Chicago, IL are cordially invited to visit these law schools to participate in the program via teleconference. Individuals located elsewhere will be able to view the program via webcast.

Please save the date to participate in this groundbreaking event, designed to introduce the Court’s two newest special masters and the Office of Special Masters as a whole, to showcase the Court’s technological capabilities for nationwide electronic communications, and to provide a timely update regarding issues facing the Court. More information about registering and viewing this brown bag lunch program will be provided by approximately the second week of June.


April 23, 2013 at 12:00pm
The Outer Limits of Tax Jurisdiction in the USCFC
Caplin & Drysdale
One Thomas Circle, NW

Washington, DC 20005

Please join the bar association for a panel discussing various tax cases that do not fall within the traditional tax refund jurisdiction of the Court. The panelists will be:

Charles M. Ruchelman, Caplin & Drysdale (moderator and panelist)
Cory A. Johnson, Senior Litigation Counsel, U.S. DOJ Tax Division (panelist)
Stuart J. Bassin, Baker & Hostetler (panelist)

This event will take place at the offices of Caplin & Drysdale, One Thomas Circle, NW, 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

A brown bag lunch will be provided to all attendees, therefore, registration is required.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 12:00pm
Introduction to the Court
Tayloe House
717 Madison Place, NW
Washington, DC 20005

This program will serve as a general introduction to the jurisdiction and jurisprudence of the CFC for law clerks, summer associates and interns, as well as young lawyers. A panel of judges and both government and private practitioners will conduct a “tour” of the court’s unique and varied substantive practice areas. The program is open to any and all students, interns, summer associates or young lawyers, and we ask that you spread the word about the program to all potentially-interested individuals in your organization. The program will be held in the Tayloe House and will start at 12:00 PM. This program is inaptly described as a “brown-bag” program, because lunch will be provided courtesy of the Bar Association.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 12:00pm
The Review of GAO Decisions in Follow-On COFC Bid Protests
Sidley Austin, LLP

1501 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

The next brown bag program will be held on Tuesday, June 26 at 12:00pm at the offices of Sidley Austin, LLP, 1501 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. The title of the program is "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over: The Review of GAO Decisions in Follow-On COFC Bid Protests" and panelists include:
 
•Judge Victor J. Wolski, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
•Sharon L. Larkin, Assistant General Counsel for Procurement Law & GAO Contract Appeals Board Judge
•David F. Dowd, Mayer Brown
•Anuj Vohra, Trial Attorney, Commercial Litigation Branch (National Courts Section), U.S. DOJ
•Matthew H. Solomson, Sidley Austin LLP, moderator
Although this is included as part of the "brown bag" series, a complimentary lunch will be provided, so registration is required.

July 20, 2011
Introduction to the Court
Tayloe House
717 Madison Place, NW
Washington, DC 20005

The next brown-bag program will be held on Wednesday, July 20 and will serve as a general introduction to the jurisdiction and jurisprudence of the CFC for law clerks, summer associates and interns, as well as young lawyers. A panel of judges and both government and private practitioners will conduct a “tour” of the court’s unique and varied substantive practice areas. The program is open to any and all students, interns, summer associates or young lawyers, and we ask that you spread the word about the program to all potentially-interested individuals in your organization. The program will be held in the Tayloe House and will start at 12:00 PM. This program is inaptly described as a “brown-bag” program, because lunch will be provided courtesy of the Bar Association.


March 31, 2011
Best Practices for and Introduction to the Court of Federal Claims
Dickstein Shapiro
1825 Eye Street, NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC  20006


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.


June 29, 2010

Using Your Internship or Clerkship to Springboard Your Legal Career
Tayloe House
National Courts Building
717 Madison Place, NW
Washington, DC 20005

The Bar Association’s next brown-bag program, “Using Your Internship or Clerkship to Springboard Your Legal Career,” will be held on Tuesday, June 29, in the Tayloe House. The program, to be moderated by Judge Nancy B. Firestone, is open to Bar Association members and especially to law students, law clerks, and other young or new lawyers, whether at this or other courts, private practice firms or government agencies. The panel members include Special Master Patricia Campbell-Smith; Donald Grove, Managing Partner, Nordhaus Law Firm, Washington, D.C.; Matthew Solomson, National Courts Section, Department of Justice; and Greg Shoemaker, Law Clerk, Senior Judge Loren Smith, Court of Federal Claims. All of the panelists are present or former law clerks at the Court of Federal Claims.

Lunch will be provided by the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.


June 8, 2010

LEED in Federal Construction – Is It a CDA Claim?
Tayloe Cafe Dining Room, 2nd Floor
National Courts Building
717 Madison Place, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Panelists: Judge Marian Blank Horn, United States Court of Federal Claims
Lance Davis, AIA, LEED AP, GSA
Scott P. Fitzsimmons, LEED AP, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP
Steve Gillingham, Assistant Director, National Courts Section, United States Department of Justice

Beverages and cookies will be provided and attendees should feel free to bring their own lunch.


September 25, 2009
Brown Bag Seminar - Government Contracts:  Challenging Past Performance Evaluations at the Court of Federal Claims

The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association will host the next installment of its Brown Bag Lunch series on Friday, September 25th from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Light refreshments and drinks will be served, but participants should also feel free to bring lunch with them. This Brown Bag Lunch will be hosted by the McGuire Woods law firm, which is located on Washington Square (1050 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, D.C. 20036).

At this Brown Bag event a distinguished panel, including The Honorable Francis M. Allegra, Judge, of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims will address Challenging Past Performance Evaluations at the Court of Federal Claims. In a series of recent decisions, the most recent of which was Todd Construction v. United States, the Court of Federal Claims has come to the conclusion that it has jurisdiction over claims challenging adverse past performance determinations by agencies. This panel will discuss the various aspects of these claims, including the validity of the Court's jurisdictional ruling and the types of remedies that may be appropriate from the perspective of the private bar, the Department of Justice, and the Court.

The panel will be moderated by Alan LoRe, an Assistant Director in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, and John E. McCarthy, Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP. Judge Allegra will be joined on the panel by Donald E. Kinner, Assistant Director, Commercial Litigation Branch, U.S. Department of Justice and Adelicia Cliffe, Associate, Crowell & Moring LLP.


August 21, 2009
Brown Bag Seminar - Current Issues in the Vaccine Program

The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association will host a luncheon program on current issues affecting Vaccine Program practitioners on Friday, August 21st from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Tayloe House, which is adjacent to the National Courts Building, 717 Madison Place, Washington, DC.

Specific topics to be addressed include:

Ways to improve vaccine case processing
"Interim fees"
Alternatives to omnibus proceedings
Interpretations of the "burden of proof" under current law

Please join a distinguished panel, which will be moderated by Chief Special Master Gary Golkiewicz. Other panelists will include Special Masters Vowell and Hastings, Kevin Conway (on behalf of petitioners), and Lynn Ricciardella (on behalf of respondent).
 


July 22, 2009
Brown Bag Seminar - "An Introduction to the Court of Federal Claims"

This program will feature Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt and is intended for young practitioners, summer interns and law clerks. The session will include a virtual “tour” through the major substantive areas of law within the Court’s jurisdiction, which will be presented by Judges of the Court and experienced practitioners. The program will also include information regarding the Court’s history and operations. This event will take place at Tayloe House, adjacent to the National Courts Building, 717 Madison Place, Washington, DC.


June 5, 2009
Brown Bag Seminar - "Ask The Clerk's Office"


Have you ever wondered who to contact about those nagging questions regarding filings at the Court of Federal Claims?

Have you ever asked yourself "why can't I file complaints electronically" and "will that ever change?"

Have you ever been challenged by the CM-ECF system and not known what to do next?

Have you ever agonized over questions of when and how to contact chambers?

On June 5th at Noon in the Tayloe House, the Law & Practice Education Committee will present a panel of Court insiders who will address these questions and many more. Indeed, for this brown bag session, we have reserved a significant chunk of time for your burning questions regarding Court operations and best practices.

Panelists Include:

The Honorable Charles F. Lettow, United States Court of Federal Claims

Lisa Reyes, Chief Deputy Clerk for Operations, United States Court of Federal Claims

Harold Wymbs, Senior Case Administrator, United States Court of Federal Claims

Ted King, Vaccine Case Administrator, United States Court of Federal Claims

Daffeh Hansford, CM-ECF Database Administrator, United States Court of Federal Claims

Please join us on June 5th for this very special Brown Bag event. The session will take place in Tayloe House, which is adjacent to the National Courts Building, 717 Madison Place, Washington, D.C. For further information on the program contact Jim Gette, Chair of the Law & Practice Education Committee of the CFC Bar Association, at 202-305-1461 or at james.gette@usdoj.gov.


December 16, 2008
Final “Brown Bag” of 2008

The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association & The Young Lawyers Committee of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law are pleased to announce a joint luncheon program on December 16, 2008. We are excited to announce that the Court of Federal Claims will host the program from noon to 1:30pm at the Tayloe House, which is adjacent to the National Courts Building, 717 Madison Place, Washington, D.C. The program will address current issues in government contracts as they relate to practice before the CFC. Additionally, the program will include a discussion of practice before the CFC geared toward young practitioners beginning their careers as government contract lawyers. This will be a great chance to meet the judges, learn more about the court's history and jurisdiction, and to get tips on improving oral and written advocacy. Chief Judge Edward Damich will provide opening remarks. Then a panel consisting of Judges Nancy Firestone, Thomas Wheeler, and Mary Ellen Coster Williams will discuss government contracts practice before the Court. A free lunch will be provided and space at the Court is limited, so please RSVP to Richard Arnholt (rarnholt@crowell.com) or Daniel Chudd (dchudd@jenner.com).


October 22, 2008
Getting Along in the Court of Federal Claims:  Reaching Settlement With the United States


The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association will host a free luncheon program from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22nd, in the Tayloe House, which is adjacent to the National Courts Building, 717 Madison Place, Washington, D.C. The program is part of the bar association's "brown bag" series, but will include a free lunch at this session.

At the upcoming session, the Takings Committee of the bar association has decided to address a topic that impacts practitioners in all areas of the court's practice: settling cases with the United States. The panel will include practitioners from both the Department of Justice and private practice. Topics will include the mechanics of settling cases with the United States as well as a discussion of the different settlement tools that can assist parties in reaching settlements; in short, everything you always wanted to know about negotiations between the private and government sector.

Given the broad applicability of this subject, all members are encouraged to attend and to bring along practitioners who have not yet joined the CFC bar association but who practice before the CFC. Additionally, the Takings Committee encourages members to respond to send e-mails with any questions or comments you may wish to put to the panel concerning a settlement process between private parties and the United States to fex@ackersonlaw.com.

Since lunch will be served we need to get as exact a head count as possible, so please RSVP on the CFC bar association's website at www.cfcbar.org.

For further information on the program contact Jim Gette, Chair of the Law & Practice Education Committee of the CFC Bar Association, at 202-305-1461 or at james.gette@usdoj.gov. 
 


July 25, 2008
Chief Judge to Speak at Brown Bag Event for Young Attorneys, Summer Interns, and Summer Associates


On July 25, 2008, the Chief Judge of the Court of Federal Claims, Edward Damich, will be joined by Judge George Miller on a panel to discuss: the court's mission and varied jurisdictional grants; the court's docket and; practical tips for young attorneys practicing before the court. The event will conclude with a brief "Ask the Judges" session on practice before the court. Judges Damich and Miller will be joined on the panel by both government and private practitioners, who will address several of the different substantive areas of practice before the court.

The event is free and light refreshments will be served. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a "brown bag" lunch if they so desire. This event is aimed at law clerks, summer associates, and young lawyers interested in the court's diverse practice areas (i.e., government contracts, Constitutional claims, tax refunds, Indian claims, patent and copyright matters, and vaccine injury claims). The program will be held from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 25th, in the Tayloe House, which is adjacent to the National Courts Building, 717 Madison Place, Washington, D.C.

Firms and government offices are encouraged to send their summer interns and associates along with one or more young lawyers to the event. Please RSVP with the number of attendees to james.gette@usdoj.gov.

For further information on the program, summer program coordinators or individuals should contact Jim Gette, Chair of the Law & Practice Education Committee of the CFC Bar Association, at 202-305-1461 or at the e-mail address above.
 


June 11, 2008
Brown Bag – Electronic Discovery


On Wednesday June 11, 2008, please join us for a panel discussion on electronic discovery. Electronic discovery is now a routine part of most civil litigation, including litigation involving the Federal Government. This past November, the Court of Federal Claims amended its Rules to incorporate revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding the discovery of Electronically Stored Information. In addition to provisions defining the scope and methods of electronic discovery, the new Rules underscore the Government's and other litigants' substantive responsibility to preserve electronic evidence before litigation commences. Avoiding and resolving disputes with these new Rules requires early and open dialogue among counsel. The panel will focus on the Government Contracts arena, but will address electronic discovery issues that have broad application across different practice areas of the court. Our distinguished panel will help start the dialogue by discussing the changes to the Court's Rules, developments at the Boards of Contract Appeals in this area, current topics of interest in the area of electronic discovery, and, of course, attempt to answer any questions our audience may have.

*Lunch will be available at the price of $7.00 per person*

This Session Is Being Jointly Sponsored by the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association, the ABA Contract Claims and Disputes Resolution Committee, and the Federal Circuit Bar Association Government Contracts Committee.

WHEN: June 11, 2008; 12:00 p .m. - 1:30 p.m.

LOCATION:
Dickstein Shapiro LLP
1825 I Street, N.W., 12th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006

RSVP TO: Tina Gillenwater at gillenwatert@dicksteinshapiro.com or (202) 420-3149
It is important that you let us know if you intend to attend the meeting, as we need to provide the lobby security with a list of attendees.

PANELISTS:
Hon. Christine Odell Cook Miller
United States Court of Federal Claims

Coleman Bird
United States Department of Justice Commercial Litigation Branch

Beryl Howell
Stroz Friedberg, LLC

James Payne
United States Department of Justice Environment & Natural Resources Division

Hon. Reba Page
Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals

Judge Jeri K. Somers
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

MODERATOR:
Daniel Graham, Wiley Rein LLP


April 21, 2008
Simmering Tax Issue Splits the Court of Federal Claims

In a showdown worthy of the O.K. Corral, the Tax Committee of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association presents a brown bag program on the split between the IRS and taxpayers, which has been echoed in two recent conflicting decisions by the Court of Federal Claims. In Grapevine Imports, Ltd. V. United States, 77 Fed. Cl. 505 (2007) (Allegra, J.) and Salman Ranch Ltd. V. United States, 79 Fed. Cl. 189 (2007) (Miller J.), the Court reached opposite conclusions about when the IRS has six years, instead of three years, to assess additional taxes. Raising the stakes, the Federal Circuit has now accepted interlocutory appeal of the Salman Ranch decision.

Todd Welty of Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins & Blau, LLP, and Grover Hartt, III of the United States Department of Justice, (both riding in from Dallas, Texas), will go head-to-head in a no-holds-barred match on this issue.

Come watch the fireworks at High Noon on Monday, April 21, 2008, at the offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C. Lunch will be provided gratis!