Brown Bag Series:  Help Us Help You - An Insider's Guide to Filing Tips and Procedural Innovations at USCFC

The United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association are pleased to announce their next joint educational program: Help Us Help You: An Insider’s Guide to Filing Tips and Procedural Innovations at USCFC. This free lunchtime program will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Venable LLP in Washington, DC. This program will also be available via a webinar.  For full details and registration click here.

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:


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    

Notice of Court Reporting Fees Increase

Court Reporting News Alert:  On May 30, 2016, the court reporting contract with For The Record, Inc. (FTRI) will enter its third option year with a $.15 per page increase for most deliverables.  Please contact FTRI directly for further information at 1-800-921-5555.

New Edition of Inside 717 Now Available

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.

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.

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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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.