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.

I would like to thank our bench and bar for supporting the court’s 13th Annual Law Day Observance Luncheon on Monday, May 2 at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. We welcomed an audience larger than any in recent memory, and the camaraderie and good cheer in the room were notable. The remarks delivered by Adam Goldman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Washington Post, perfectly highlighted the day’s theme, “Miranda: More than Words.”

The luncheon was followed by a closed meeting of the court’s Advisory Council, during which several initiatives were discussed, including one to revise the use of alternative dispute resolution within the court. To learn more about the Advisory Council and to access the materials considered at the meeting, please click here.

Continuing in the spirit of pride in the administration of justice, Law Day was followed by the court’s 28th Annual Judicial Conference on May 3 at the National Press Club. With over 300 registrants, the conference was our largest to date. The morning sessions focused on practice in the court’s Vaccine Program while the afternoon plenary sessions addressed topics of interest to both our vaccine and general jurisdiction practitioners, covering topics such as effective litigation techniques, review of recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit jurisprudence, and developments in alternative dispute resolution and pro bono representation within the court. To access conference materials and audio recordings of the sessions, please click here.

In addition to celebrating Law Day and the Judicial Conference this month, we also honored the retirement of Clerk of Court Hazel C. Keahey, by presenting her with one of the court’s highest honors, the Loren A. Smith Award. Hazel’s six years with us followed a 25-year career with the United States Tax Court. Hazel’s service as Clerk of the United States Court of Federal Claims was marked by her sensitivity and compassion for her colleagues, the very same gifts that Hazel will now devote to her family. We all will miss Hazel but we wish her the best in her future adventures.

Looking forward, I am pleased to note that the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division (YLD) are both hard at work planning events for the summer. Among other brown bags in the works, in late June, the YLD will team with the Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association to present a panel discussion on Legal Careers in the Court of Federal Claims, to be followed by an evening reception. All Bar Association events are sure to captivate, and I hope to see you at many of them. For more information, please click here.

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

Patricia E. Campbell-Smith
Chief Judge