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The annual meeting/election will take place on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the W Hotel, Studio 1, 515 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC. If you would like to attend the meeting, please RSVP to email@example.com or 202-220-8638 no later than November 16, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Slate of nominees:
* Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, Mary Abate, the 2014 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2015, and current President, Lewis Wiener, serves as Immediate Past President.
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.
Register Now for the 27th Annual Judicial Conference
Registration is filling quickly and will be open until November 10, 2014 or until maximum occupancy is reached, whichever comes first.
The United States Court of Federal Claims 27th Annual Judicial Conference will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014. Morning sessions will take place at the National Courts Building, 717 Madison Place, NW, with afternoon sessions and an evening reception at the W Hotel at 515 15th St., NW. For further details about the conference, please click here. To register for the conference and learn more about sponsorship options, please click here.
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.
2014 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2004 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.
The Court has experienced great change over the past year as long standing pillars of the court have retired, Chief Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith has taken over as the Court’s 6th Chief Judge, we have welcomed Elaine D. Kaplan as the Court’s newest Judge and Brian H. Corcoran as the Court’s newest Special Master. The Court and the Bar Association, as mature, forward thinking organizations, have embraced these changes while embracing and preserving the Court's great heritages and traditions. The Bar Association’s Board of Governors and I welcome Chief Judge Campbell-Smith’s leadership and look forward to working shoulder to shoulder with her, the other Judges of the Court, the Magistrate Judges, Clerk of the Court Hazel Kahey and members of the Court’s administration to best support and serve the Court and our mutual constituents.
Participate, contribute, attend a program, join a committee, submit something for one of our publications, invite a colleague to join the Bar Association, let us know how we’re doing. Send me your thoughts and comments to email@example.com. The Board of Governors and I want to hear from you.
We are here to serve our members.
My best regards,
Lewis S. Wiener