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The annual meeting/election was held on November 17, 2014 and the following were elected to serve on the Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2015:
2013-2014 Law Student Writing Competition Winner
The winner of the 2013-2014 Law Student Writing Competition is Matthew Borden. Mr. Borden is a 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. His winning entry for the 2013-14 U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association’s Law Student Writing Competition was inspired by a 2013 NPR segment about the difficulties that exonerees face after release from prison, prompting Mr. Borden to investigate the process that currently exists for the federal exoneration compensation scheme. Throughout law school, Mr. Borden demonstrated a passion for legal research and writing, and this is not the first time that one of his papers has received public praise. In January 2014, Mr. Borden’s paper on the law governing the inheritance of digital music collections, “The Day the Music Died: Digital Inheritance and the Music Industry,” was recognized as the winning entry in the GRAMMY Foundation’s Entertainment Law Initiative Contest, and he was invited to attend and participate in the 2014 GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles. That paper was subsequently published simultaneously in the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review and the American Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Lawyer. Please click here to view Mr. Borden's paper.
2014 Carole Bailey Scholarship Winner
The winner of the 2014 Carole Bailey Scholarship is Xheni Llaguri, a third year law student at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law. Before law school, Ms. Llaguri taught elementary grade students in the Teach for America program. She has demonstrated additional dedication to public service, working in various capacities involving such issues as homelessness, immigration and naturalization, and health law. With her law degree, Ms. Llaguri intends be an advocate for students with special needs and promote equal opportunity education.
The bar association received more applications this year than in any previous year. As with last year, the quality of the applications was truly impressive, especially with regard to the commitment to public service exhibited. The bar association welcomes submissions from this year’s applicants again next year, so long as they have not completed their legal education.
General Order for Court's Holiday Schedule
Please see the attached Order from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims regarding the upcoming holiday schedule.
Annual Membership Dues
Notices for 2014 membership dues have been sent via email and postal mail. Please note that dues are paid on a calendar year basis.
Notices for 2015 membership dues will be sent in early January. If you are unsure whether or not your dues have expired or if you need to update your contact information please send a message to email@example.com or call 202-220-8638.
“To maintain and raise the standards of proficiency, integrity and ethics in the administration of justice before the United States Court of Federal Claims . . . to preserve and promulgate the heritage and tradition of the Court of Federal Claims . . . to promote broader community awareness and support for access to justice." Court of Federal Claims Articles of Incorporation.
It is my great honor to serve as the President of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association for 2014. I have been affiliated with the Court and its Bar Association for 20 years, dating back to my days as a dark haired trial lawyer with the Department of Justice. I first served as the Bar Association’s President in 2002 followed by my service as the Association’s Treasurer and Secretary. My work with the Court and the Bar Association has been among the most gratifying professional experiences of my career. I hope it will become the same for each of you.
The quote above comes from the Bar Association's Articles of Incorporation and defines, in part, the Bar Association’s mission. Put in my words, the Bar Association’s job is to serve our members. How do we do that? Put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity and serve our community.
Our members are the Bar Association’s life blood. In an era where we hear more and more about the lack of civility (and worse) in the legal profession, our Bar Association actively promotes civility, communication and collegiality among members of the private bar, the government bar and the Court. Our brown bag programs, publications, conferences and other activities reflect the viewpoints, contributions and participation of the three legs of the Bar Association’s iron triangle: the Court, government practitioners and private practitioners. [READ MORE]