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In Memoriam: Selma H. Smith (Judge Loren Smith's Mother)
We regret to inform you of the passing of Judge Loren Smith's mother, Selma H. Smith on April 4, 2014. For obituary and service details, please click here.
In Memoriam: Randolph Thrower (1914-2014)
A founding member of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and its first president. Services for Mr. Thrower will be held in Atlanta, GA and the family will receive friends Friday, March 14 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel. Services will be held at Northside United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 15 at 11:00am. Please click here for a link to the Washington Post obituary.
Register Now for 11th Annual Law Day Observance Luncheon - April 28, 2014
The 11th Annual Law Day Observance Luncheon will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 12:00pm at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, DC. The theme for Law Day 2014 is "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters." We are delighted to welcome Associate Attorney General Tony West as the keynote speaker. For further details and registration, please CLICK HERE.
2013-2014 Writing Competition Now Underway
Entry deadline for the 2013-14 academic year is 11:59 PM July 18, 2014. For full details and competition rules, click here.
The bar association received several well-written entries for the 2012-2013 Law Student Writing Competition, most of which were highly meritorious and deserving of substantial praise. The following winners were selected by the committee:
The first place prize of $2,000 was awarded to Frances Wade, who is a 3L J.D. candidate at George Washington University Law School. Frances’ paper is titled, “Temporary Takings and Rails-to-Trails: The Supreme Court’s Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States Invalidates the Federal Circuit’s Ladd v. United States.” A copy of her paper is found here.
The second place prize of $1,000 was awarded to Melanie Migliaccio, who is a 3L J.D. candidate at Liberty University School of Law. Melanie’s paper is titled, “Inconsistency and Uncertainty: The Problem of Applying Partnership Taxation to Limited Liability Companies.” A copy of her paper is found here.
2014 Carole Bailey Scholarship
We are now accepting applications for the 2014 Carole Bailey Scholarship. The deadline for submission is 11:59pm Eastern on July 31, 2014. For further details, please click here.
Winter Newsletter Now Available
The February 2014 edition of the Newsletter is now available for viewing - please click here.
2014 Annual Membership Dues
Notices for 2014 membership dues were e-mailed on January 24, 2014 and again on March 19, 2014. 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. [READ MORE]