The U.S. Court of Federal Claims is honored to be holding its 26th Annual Judicial Conference Reception at the National Museum of Women and the Arts (NMWA), and is pleased to offer a private opportunity to explore some of its galleries during the reception.
Founded in 1987, the NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions. By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today, the museum directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future. Read more...
The Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC are world-class museums with a variety of exhibits ranging from insects and meteorites to locomotives and spacecraft. Admission to all of the Smithsonian museums is free. Visitors enjoy examining more than 137 million objects, works of art and specimens as well as participating in guided tours, hands-on-activities and special programs. With 19 museums and galleries, there truly is something for everyone. Start at the Smithsonian Institution Building—also known as the Castle, pictured above—where you can pick up a map and information on all of the museums. Plan to explore those you are most interested in, but don’t try to see everything at once. Be sure to save time to see an IMAX movie at the Natural History Museum or the National Air and Space Museum. Read more...
National Monuments and Memorials
Washington, DC is a city of monuments and memorials. Honored are the generals, politicians, poets and statesmen who helped shape our great nation. Although the most famous monuments and memorials are on the National Mall, you will find statues and plaques on many street corners around the city. Since Washington, DC’s monuments are spread out, it is hard to visit all of them on foot. At busy times, traffic and parking makes it difficult to visit the monuments by car. The best way to see all the monuments is to take a sightseeing tour. Many of the monuments are open late at night and their illumination makes nighttime a memorable time to visit them. Read more...
U.S. Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is in session October through April every year, and visitors may view sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seating is limited and given on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Supreme Court Building is open throughout the year from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Portions of the First and Ground Floors are open to the public. Highlights include the John Marshall Statue, portraits and busts of Justices and two self-supporting marble spiral staircases. Visitors can explore exhibits, see a 25-minute film on the Supreme Court, and participate in a variety of educational programs. Lectures in the Courtroom are given every hour on the half-hour on days that the Court is not in session. Read more...
U.S. Capitol Building
The U.S. Capitol Building, the meeting chambers for the Senate and the House of Representatives, is one of the most recognizable historic buildings in Washington, DC. It is a prominent landmark and an impressive example of 19th-century neoclassical architecture. Start your visit with the relatively new Capitol Visitor Center which greatly enhances the experience of visiting the U.S. Capitol. While waiting for tours, visitors can browse galleries displaying artifacts from the Library of Congress and National Archives, touch a 10-foot model of the Capitol Dome and even watch live video feeds from the House and Senate. Tours begin with a new 13-minute film exploring the history of the Capitol and Congress, shown in the facility's orientation theaters. Read more...
02.27.2014 Thank you to everyone who helped make our 26th Annual Judicial Conference a success. Please visit the Downloads tab to find materials from the event.
02.25.2014 In spite of inclement weather predicted, the Conference will proceed in accord with plans.
02.10.2014 Early registration ends tonight at midnight; all registration fees will rise by $25. Please register today.
01.7.2014 The court has updated the hotel offers available for a limited time. Please click on the Hotels tab to make your reservations today.
10.23.2013 The court and Bar Association are working on updating hotel offers for the rescheduled Conference. Please stay tuned.
10.17.2013 The 26th Annual Judicial Conference is rescheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Please save the date, and continue to visit this site for updates.
10.09.2013 The 26th Annual Judicial Conference is postponed in light of the government shutdown. The court and Bar Association will reschedule for early 2014. Registrations will automatically carry over to the new date, unless otherwise desired.
09.26.2013 BAR ASSOCIATION NEW MEMBERS OFFER: Register today to attend the Conference at a reduced rate, pay for an annual membership, and your membership will be extended through December 31, 2014! Don't miss out on this great offer! Please visit the Bar Association's membership page at http://cfcbar.org/membership to learn about the many other benefits of membership.