Welcome from the Honorable Patricia E. Campbell-Smith, Chief Judge

Greetings. On behalf of the United States Court of Federal Claims, welcome to our website.

On May 12, 2015, the court and the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association partnered for our annual Law Day observance luncheon at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel here in Washington, DC. The luncheon provided a wonderful opportunity for members of our bench and bar to gather together to share a meal and to honor this year's Law Day theme, "Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law." Keynote speaker Professor A.E. Dick Howard, White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Virginia School of Law, was both entertaining and illuminating, demonstrating the enduring legacy of Magna Carta on American Democracy. Thank you to all who were able to join us.

Also on May 12, the court's Advisory Council met to discuss various issues affecting practice before our court. One of the developing issues discussed was how the court's use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures can be improved. It is our goal to introduce a new ADR policy in the fall at the court's annual judicial conference.

Please save the date for our 28th Annual Judicial Conference on Thursday, September 24, 2015, here in Washington, DC. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association will sponsor a welcome reception the evening of Wednesday, September 23, 2015, and conference sessions will take place the following day at both the court and the National Press Club. More information about the conference will soon be available. Because of other significant events scheduled to take place in Washington the week of the conference, we strongly encourage you to make your travel arrangements soon. Please click here for information about two small blocks of rooms that have been reserved at local hotels.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy summer, and thank you for your interest in the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Date: May 14, 2015