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.

2016-2017 Law Student Writing Competition

The 2016-2017 Law Student Writing Competition is now open!  Please click here for more details.  The entry deadline is July 14, 2017.

Results of the Annual Meeting/Election

The following were elected at the Annual Meeting/Election held on November 15, 2016 for terms beginning on January 1, 2017:  

     President*: Edward Passarelli (Environment & Natural Resources Division, U.S. DOJ)
•    President-Elect: William Bergmann (Baker Hostetler)
•    Treasurer: James Connor (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)
•    Secretary: James Boland (Venable)

Board of Governors (3 year term):
•    Fredrick Crombie (Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass)
•    Alex Hontos (Dorsey & Whitney)
•    Gary Hausken (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)
•    Doug Mickle (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)

Board of Governors (2 year term):
•    Mike McLaren (Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee)

Board of Governors (1 year term):
•    Mary Abate (Tax Division, U.S. DOJ)

* Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, Edward Passarelli, the 2016 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2017, and current President, Altom Maglio, serves as Immediate Past President.

Save the Date:  May 4-5, 2017
2017 Anniversary Celebration Judicial Conference

Please join the United States Court of Federal Claims and the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association for the 2017 Anniversary Celebration Judicial Conference. Events at the court’s 29th annual judicial conference will commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the court (created by the Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982) & the 30th Anniversary of the Office of Special Masters (created by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986).  For further details please click here:


New Edition of Inside 717 Now Available (1/6/2017)

Inside 717 is a quarterly publication reporting on rulings in all major areas of the Court of Federal Claims' jurisdiction.  In addition, the publication often includes reports of significant Federal Circuit (and Supreme Court) decisions in cases emanating from the Court of Federal Claims, as well as occasional miscellaneous items of interest to the Court's community.  The members of the Editorial Board encourage you to browse the "What's Inside" headlines to explore significant rulings outside your primary practice area.  Archived issues of Inside 717 are also available from this webpage.

Current Vacant Judgeships on the Court of Federal Claims

Seat Last Held By Vacated Nomination of Pending Since
Lynn J. Bush 10/21/2013 Thomas L. Halkowski 04/10/2014
Emily C. Hewitt 10/21/2013 Patricia M. McCarthy 05/21/2014
Edward J. Damich 10/21/2013 Armando Omar Bonilla 05/21/2014
Nancy B. Firestone 10/21/2013 (Renomination) 04/10/2014
George W. Miller 08/07/2013 Jeri Kaylene Somers 05/21/2014
Lawrence J. Block 01/08/2016    


President's Message

Altom Maglio
Altom M. Maglio

It is my great honor and privilege to serve as the twenty-ninth 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.

2016 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,

Altom M. Maglio
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.