Notice of Proposed Amendments to Rules

The following notice has been issued by the Court of Federal Claims:

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 2071(b) and 2503(b), the United States Court of Federal Claims hereby provides notice that it proposes to amend its rules and invites public comment on the proposed amendments. The proposed amendments affect (i) RCFC 5.5, 40.1, 52.2, 77, 83.2, and 83.4; (ii) Vaccine Rules 2 and 11; (iii) Supplement to Appendix B ("Electronic Case Filing Procedure in Vaccine Act Cases"); (iv) Appendix E ("Electronic Case Filing Procedure"); and (v) Form 2 (cover sheet and nature-of-suit codes). All proposed changes are shown by strikethrough and yellow highlighting in the attached document. Comments must be received by June 22, 2015, and addressed to:

Hazel Keahey, Clerk of Court
United States Court of Federal Claims
717 Madison Place, NW
Washington, DC 20439

Absent further notice, these amendments will take effect August 3, 2015.

Save the Date for the 28th Annual Judicial Conference

Please save the date for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims 28th Annual Judicial Conference on Thursday, September 24, 2015. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association will sponsor a welcome reception the evening of September 23, 2015, and conference sessions the following day will take place at the court and the National Press Club in downtown DC. More information about the conference will be provided in the coming weeks.

Because of other significant events taking place in Washington, DC, concurrent with our conference, if you will be traveling to DC for the conference and are in need of accommodations, you are strongly encouraged to make your travel arrangements soon. Two small blocks of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels for your consideration.  Click here for more details.

Pro Bono/Attorney Referral Pilot Program

The Private-Bar Pro Bono Pilot Program Committee of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is pleased to announce its role in facilitating the operation of a Pro Bono/Attorney Referral Pilot Program, under which legal representation may potentially be available to pro se plaintiffs who are referred to the program by the assigned judge in appropriate cases pending in the Court of Federal Claims.  Click here for more details.

2015 Carole Bailey Scholarship

The bar association is now accepting applications for the 2015 Carole Bailey Scholarship with a deadline of July 31, 2015.  Click here for more details.

2014-2015 Law Student Writing Competition

The bar association is now accepting submissions for the 2014-2015 Law Student Writing Competition with a deadline of July 17, 2015.  Click here for more details.

Annual Membership Dues

Notices for 2015 membership dues have been sent via postal mail and e-mail.  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 or call 202-220-8638.



President's Message

Mary M. Abate
Mary M. Abate

It is my great honor and pleasure to serve for 2015 as the 28th president of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. I was admitted to the bar of the United States Court of Claims in October 1978, so I experienced first-hand the winds of change that were blowing in 1979, in the form of several legislative proposals to restructure the Court—the topic that dominated the first Judicial Conference that I attended.  Because there was no Court-affiliated bar association at that time, the 1979 Judicial Conference was co-sponsored by the Court of Claims Committee of the District of Columbia Bar Association.  Within five years after the Court of Claims was reconstituted in 1982, however, a group of private and government Court practitioners formed the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.  Throughout our 28-year history, with roughly 450 members on average, the Bar Association has worked hand-in-glove with the Court to advance the administration of justice in many ways.

Not only do we co-sponsor the annual Judicial Conferences and the annual Law Day observances, but we publish Inside 717 (with timely analyses of Court decisions), the quarterly Newsletter (reporting on the doings of the Court and the Bar), and the Deskbook for Practitioners; present educational programs relevant to practice before the Court; and sponsor law student writing and scholarship competitions.  All of these activities require the active participation of Bar Association members, and they do not necessarily require proximity to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area (as our president-elect for 2016, who is based in Florida, can attest). [READ MORE]

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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.