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Annual Meeting/Election Results
The following were elected at the annual meeting/election held on November 19, 2013:
President*: Lewis S. Wiener, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Board of Governors:
James Boland, Venable LLP (3-year term)
* Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, Lewis S. Wiener, the 2013 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2014, and current President, Rob Stewart, serves as Immediate Past President.
Writing Competition Winners Announced
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.”
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.”
New Chief Judge Designated by President Obama
On October 21, 2013, President Obama announced the designation of the Honorable Patricia E. Campbell-Smith as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. That same afternoon, judges of the Court of Federal Claims and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, members of the court's Bar Association and Advisory Council, and other distinguished guests gathered for the passing of the gavel from former Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt to the new Chief Judge. Congratulations Chief Judge Campbell-Smith!
Judicial Conference Rescheduled for 02/25/2014
Please save the date for the 26th Annual U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judicial Conference, now rescheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2014. The Judicial Conference is being sponsored by the Court and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association, in partnership with the Supreme Court Institute of Georgetown University Law Center. The half-day conference will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will be held in the National Courts Building at 717 Madison Place, NW, Washington, DC. The conference will be followed by an evening reception starting at 5:30 p.m. at the neighboring National Museum of Women in the Arts, at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Registration fees and sponsorships previously paid for the October 17, 2013 conference date will be applied automatically to the new conference date. For more information please visit http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/conferences/2013/.
2013 Carole Bailey Scholarship Winner
The winner of the 2013 Carole Bailey Scholarship is Andrew Murray, a first year law student at Vanderbilt Law School. Before law school, Andrew worked for several years in the social services field and intends to become an advocate for marginalized people.
The bar association received a large number of applications, most of which were highly meritorious and deserving of substantial praise. The scholarship committee was very impressed by the commitment to public service exhibited by all the applicants and welcomes them to compete again next year as long as they have not completed their legal ducation.
General Order for USCFC Holiday Schedule
Please see the attached Order from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims regarding the upcoming holiday schedule.
Dear Members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association,
Shortly after I joined the Tax Division of the Department of Justice as a newly-minted lawyer, I attended my first Judicial Conference of the then-United States Claims Court. That was in 1988—only a year after the founding of the Bar Association. While I’m sure the panel presentations were timely and riveting, my most vivid memory is of the conference luncheon, where I had the pleasure of sitting next to an individual with whom I enjoyed a lively conversation. Shortly after appetizers were served, I realized that I, a neophyte member of the Court’s bar, was hobnobbing with one of its most experienced and respected Judges—Christine Nettesheim (now Judge Miller). This unique opportunity was in many ways thanks to the Bar Association, which provides robust support for the Court’s annual judicial conferences and other regular interactive events. One of my goals this year is to ensure that the Bar Association’s collaboration with the Court in providing these memorable opportunities for its members continues in the tradition established 25 years ago.
To that end, the Board of Governors and I will concentrate on assisting the Court in maintaining the stellar quality of the signature annual events--the Law Day celebration in May and the fall Judicial Conference—as well as the Brown Bag panel presentations in which both bench and bar are active participants. Moreover, we will pursue the Association’s educational mission, consistent with our 501(c)(3) status, through the annual Carole Bailey Scholarship that recognizes substantial commitment to public service (and had 89 applicants in 2012), our writing competition, and scholarships covering expenses related to the Association's activities. In addition, we will continue to provide to Association members timely and thoughtful updates on significant Court developments, through our publications, the periodic Newsletter and Inside 717.
A recent innovation to encourage membership in the Bar Association is a standing offer to existing members: if you refer a new member to the Bar Association, your membership for the year is free. We hope that in the coming year we will gain many new members, in all practice areas within the Court’s jurisdiction. We are fortunate to be a part of the Court of Federal Claims community, and our ultimate goal is to ensure that the Bar Association enriches your practice before the Court.
In closing, the Board of Governors and I thank you for supporting the Bar Association and encourage you to become actively involved.
U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association