Young Lawyers Division Presents: "A Luncheon Panel Discussion—Women Before The Court"

In honor of March being Women's History Month, the Young Lawyers Division invites you to join us for a luncheon program on March 31 featuring four distinguished panelists who will offer unique perspectives from the private and public sectors. Our panelists’ discussion of how gender informed their careers and experiences as legal professionals will provide important insights into some of the more fundamental issues facing women and newly admitted practitioners before the Court of Federal Claims. The panelists will share perspectives drawn from their varied experiences as Judges and advocates before the Court of Federal Claims. We encourage all CFC Bar Association members to attend this exciting and timely program.

Lunch is available for $10.

Capacity is limited, so please RSVP to Sandria Lherisse at

Hosted by Craig A. Schwartz, Baker Botts L.L.P.

What: A Luncheon Panel Discussion—Women Before The Court
When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Where: Baker Botts L.L.P., 1299 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20004 (“The Warner” building; enter at the corner of 12th and E Streets, NW)
RSVP: Craig Schwartz at

Register Now - 12th Annual Law Day Observance

The annual Law Day observance luncheon, co-sponsored by the Court and the Bar Association, will be held on May 12, 2015 at 12:00 p.m., at the Willard Hotel.  The theme for Law Day 2015 is "Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law,” and we are honored  to have as our keynote speaker Professor A.E. Dick Howard, White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Virginia School of Law.  Professor Howard recently served as a member of the advisory board convened by the Library of Congress to plan its upcoming exhibition, “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor.”  Click here to register.

Lydia Kay Griggsby Took the Oath of Office on December 15, 2014 as Judge of the USCFC

Lydia Kay Griggsby took the oath of office on December 15, 2014, as Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Judge Griggsby was nominated by President Obama on April 10, 2014, confirmed by the Senate on December 4, 2014, and appointed by the President to a 15-year term on December 5, 2014. The oath of office was administered by Chief Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith.

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.

Annual Membership Dues

Notices for 2015 membership dues were mailed on January 12, 2015.  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). In addition, members who have been admitted to practice before the Court for five years or less can join our Newly Admitted Lawyers Division.  To explore ways that you can get involved, contact me at

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.  There is much to accomplish this year, so please get involved.  Your practice, and your life, will be enriched!

Warm regards,

Mary M. Abate
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.