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.

All of us at the court hope that you celebrated a joyous and peaceful holiday season, and that you are now looking forward to the year ahead. Good wishes for a happy and healthy 2015!

The new year brings welcome change to the court. As of January 5, 2015, we welcome Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby to the bench. Judge Griggsby comes to the court from the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she served in various positions since 2004. Judge Griggsby brings to the court an extensive knowledge of the courts and judiciary policy and we look forward to welcoming her as she transitions to her new role.

Please save the date for the court's next annual event on the horizon, which is our Law Day Observance luncheon slated for Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel here in Washington, DC. The theme of Law Day 2015 is "Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law," and our keynote speaker will be Professor A.E. Dick Howard, White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Howard is an expert in the field of constitutional law and has recently served as a member of the advisory board convened by the Library of Congress to plan its upcoming exhibition, "Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor." As such, I can think of no member of the legal academy who would be a better fit for our 2015 Law Day program. If you are in the Washington, DC area and have the opportunity, I encourage you to visit the “Muse and Mentor” exhibit at the Library of Congress through January 19. For more information, please visit http://www.loc.gov/law/news/articles/2014-magna-carta.php.

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

Date: January 5, 2015