Below:  Presentation of the 2018 Thrower Award
L-R:  Mary Abate, Rob Stewart, Edward Passarelli

The 2018 Randolph Thrower Award, which is presented by the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association to an individual who has provided ”exceptional service to the Bar,” was awarded on November 14, 2018, to Edward J. Passarelli, Deputy Chief of the Natural Resources Section of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Ed was recognized for his many outstanding contributions to the Bar Association, over a period of more than 25 years, including his having served two terms as President of the Association.  Most recently, Ed revitalized and significantly enhanced the Association’s “Brown Bag” series, which benefits both bench and bar by presenting programs focusing on the major areas of substantive law within the Court’s jurisdiction or topics of general interest to litigants. 

The award is named for the first president of the Bar Association, Randolph Thrower, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 100.  A fascinating read on his storied legal career can be found here, and includes an account of Thrower’s resignation as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service during the Nixon Administration in 1971, years before Thrower became our first Bar Association president in 1987.



Past recipients of the award are:

2002: James Kinsella and Nancie G. Marzulla

2003: F. Brook Voght (presented posthumously) and Marc A. Smith

2004: Lewis S. Wiener

2005: Mildred L. Seidman

2006: Carole Bailey

2007: James E. Brookshire and Steven C. Lambert

2009:  Brett Stohs and Dan Buchner

2016:  Don Grove

2017:  Jeffrey Chiow

2018:  Edward Passarelli





Below:  Randolph W. Thrower, shown during a Capitol Hill appearance in 1970