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

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

The countdown has begun for the court's marquee annual events that are held in partnership with the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association: on Monday, May 2, is our Law Day Observance Luncheon at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, and on Tuesday, May 3, is our 28th Annual Judicial Conference at the National Press Club.

Law Day: The American Bar Association's theme for Law Day 2016 is “Miranda: More than Words.” While at first glance, this year’s theme may seem to be a poor fit for a court, such as ours, that does not hear criminal cases, I believe that the theme gets to the heart of why the United States Court of Federal Claims was established in 1855: to provide a forum in which citizens of the United States may sue their government. This history is in accord with a theme that directs the legal community to explore the procedural protections afforded by the United States Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.

To provide a timely perspective on this theme, the court and Bar Association are pleased to welcome Adam Goldman as the 2016 Law Day Observance Luncheon keynote speaker. Mr. Goldman is an award-winning reporter for the Washington Post. Most recently, Mr. Goldman and three other reporters were awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for their series documenting the New York Police Department’s secret surveillance of Muslim and minority neighborhoods since the 9/11 terror attacks. He is the co-author of Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America. Given Mr. Goldman's experiences investigating and writing about terrorism, national security, and the role of media in the law, we are confident that Mr. Goldman will provide the bench and bar with a unique perspective on the issues encompassed by this year's Law Day theme.

For more information and to register for the luncheon, please click here.

Judicial Conference: We will kick off this year's conference with an evening welcome reception on Monday, May 2, sponsored by the Bar Association at the offices of a local law firm. The conference will be held the following day, on Tuesday, May 3, at the National Press Club, a Washington, DC, institution. The morning sessions will be dedicated to the court's Vaccine Program and our Office of Special Masters, while the afternoon plenary sessions will address topics of interest to both our vaccine and general jurisdiction practitioners: effective litigation techniques, review of recent Federal Circuit and Supreme Court jurisprudence, and recent developments in alternative dispute resolution and pro bono representation in the court. For more details regarding the agenda and speakers and to register, please click here.

As always, thank you for your support of the United States Court of Federal Claims. We look forward to seeing you at our two-day celebration of our bench and bar.

Patricia E. Campbell-Smith
Chief Judge