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.

As the year draws to a close, we look forward to the year ahead and to celebrating three significant milestones in the history of our court: 2017 marks the 35th anniversary of the Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982, which created our modern court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Office of Special Masters, created by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986; and the 130th anniversary of the Tucker Act, enacted in 1887. We will commemorate these events at our 29th annual judicial conference, the “2017 Anniversary Celebration Judicial Conference,” to be held on May 4 and 5, 2017, at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. We hope that you will be able to join us.

As we plan this celebratory event, we are reaching out to two constant partners in the work of the court: the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and the court’s Advisory Council. Personally, and on behalf of the court, I cannot overstate our appreciation for the work of these two bodies.

On November 15, 2016, the court hosted the Bar Association’s first-ever working luncheon with Bar Association past presidents and past chief judges of the court. The goal of the luncheon was to collectively explore how the Bar Association might be improved by focusing on what it has done well in the past and what efforts might be enhanced and perfected in the future. The thirty-five individuals in attendance eagerly shared their extensive institutional memory, insight, concerns, and thoughts from the perspective of both the bar and the court. Their dedication and commitment to the Bar Association, and the success of its mission, was motivating to all.

I am similarly grateful for our court’s Advisory Council, established by statute and local court rule to advise the court on matters pertaining to the administration of the court and the court’s relationship to the bar and to the public. Also on November 15, the court hosted the biannual meeting of the Advisory Council, and I was pleased to hear from numerous members who are helping our judicial officers plan the court’s May judicial conference and who have taken on presentation roles. The amount of time these practitioners are willing to dedicate to the court outside of their day-to-day legal practices continues to inspire and impress us all.

As always, thank you for your interest in the United States Court of Federal Claims. Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. May the year ahead bring you all good luck, good fortune, and many successes.

Thank you for your interest in the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Patricia E. Campbell-Smith
Chief Judge