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.

This year, we look forward to celebrating three significant milestones in the history of the court: the 35th anniversary of the Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982, the legislation that created our modern court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; the 30th anniversary 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.

To kick off our 2017 anniversary celebrations, on March 13, the court and the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association will host an educational program examining the early years of the court and the forces that have shaped the court as it exists today. Senior Judge Eric G. Bruggink will lead a panel discussion featuring Senior Judge John P. Wiese as well as long-time practitioner and former Chair of the Advisory Council Clarence T. Kipps, current Advisory Council member Robert K. Huffman, the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s James E. Brookshire, and last, but certainly not least, George Washington University Law Professor Emeritus Ralph C. Nash, Jr. The program will be held here at the court and will be followed by a reception in the historic Dolley Madison House. This program will be dedicated to the memory of Senior Judge James F. Merow (March 16, 1932 – December 23, 2016), who would have played a tremendous role in this year’s anniversary celebrations. To register to attend this event, please visit http://cfcbar.org/event-signup/more_info/50.

Also in honor of these anniversaries, the court has been working closely with the Federal Judicial Center to develop a series of short video presentations on the following aspects of the court: its history, jurisdiction, and practice; its unique nationwide presence; and what to expect when you come to the court as a litigant, counsel, or an interested member of the public. This video series is the outgrowth of a recommendation made by members of the Advisory Council at its last meeting in November 2016, where discussion centered on how the court might better reach the public and members of its bar who reside outside the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. This video series will be previewed at the May Judicial Conference and made available on the websites of both the court and the Bar Association.

As the marquee event, please join the bench and bar for the culmination of our anniversary celebrations at our 29th Annual Judicial Conference on May 4 and 5, 2017, at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. We will be celebrating the court’s three anniversary milestones and tackling topics in several jurisdictional breakout sessions chaired by judicial officers of the court. CLE credits will be available for attendees. For more details about the agenda in development, please visit the 2017 Anniversary Judicial Conference website. If you have not already registered to attend, you may register by clicking here.

As always, thank you for your interest in the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Patricia E. Campbell-Smith
Chief Judge

February 2017