Chief Judge Susan G. Braden

The United States Court of Federal Claims began the month with our traditional Law Day Lunch, hosted by the CFC Bar Association and executed by our Clerk of Court, Lisa Reyes and her colleagues Kelley Morgan, Aimee Snow, and the indispensable Megan Donley! The event venue was the Hamilton Hotel, where the buffet lunch was efficiently presented in their spacious event space. This provided an opportunity for attendees to visit and catch up with: Judges Lettow; Wolski; Sweeney; Wheeler; Campbell-Smith; Kaplan; Griggsby; and Senior Judges Smith; Hodges; Bruggink; Firestone; and Horn. The Court particularly appreciated that former Chief Judge Hewitt and Senior Judges Futey and Yock made a special effort to attend. This year, the CFC Bar Association decided not to single out those firms who traditionally have purchased tables in the program, to encourage more participation among the Washington legal community, including smaller firms, and it worked! Just short of 200 attendees were present, representing over 30 firms, together with a dozen or so attorneys from several Divisions of the Department of Justice.
                   

The Head Table included: Circuit Judge Sharon Prost, Chief of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Bill Bergmann, President of the CFC Bar Association; Noel Francisco, Solicitor General of the United States; Mike Davis, Nominations Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee; and James Connor, President-Elect of the CFC Bar Association.

On behalf of the Court, both Senior Judges Bush and Horn were recognized for their dedication and service.

The highlight of the Law Day Lunch were remarks delivered by Noel Francisco, the 48th Solicitor General of the United States. In a follow-up letter to the Solicitor General, I wrote: "Thank you for the substantive and inspirational speech . . . your remarks were a thoughtful reminder of the important and continuing role of each branch of the federal government in safeguarding liberty." If you were unable to attend the Law Day Lunch, the Solicitor General's remarks are reproduced here in their entirety; if you were present, I am sure you will want to read them and forward to friends and clients. It was a wonderful tribute to the Court and the work it has done over the years.

As the Court's six month statistics evidence, the General Jurisdiction and Bid Protest Docket will exceed 2017 in May and likely will reach a 12-year high by September 30th. You will notice that the output of the Court measured, in part, by published decisions, also has kept pace, with nine active judges, supplemented by seven senior judges, who voluntarily have assumed a full 100% docket. Although the quantity and quality of the Court's work has not fallen short with the increased docket, we would welcome the Senate's confirmation of the pending nominees, particularly since four of the current active judges will be eligible to retire or accept recall as a senior judge on July 13, 2018.

Finally, we are looking forward to 40 law student summer interns, not only to help with the workload, but to field our winning (most of the time) softball team "Money Damages." We look forward to having the bar meet many of our interns at Brown Bag events this summer. The first will be held on Wednesday, May 16th at 12:30 p.m. in the Federal Circuit Bar Association Office at 1620 I Street NW, Suite 801, or you can dial-in to the Webinar. The topic is "Witness Prep" and the panelists will feature: Senior Judge Loren A Smith; Frank Singer, Senior Litigation Counsel of DOJ's Environment & Natural Resources Division; Altom Maglio, Managing Pamer of Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.; and Kirsten Wilkerson, Assistant Director of the DOJ Civil Division, Tort Claims Act Section. We hope to see you there and wish you a safe and meaningful Memorial Day.

Susan

Remarks of Solicitor General Noel Francisco


United States Court of Federal Claims Statistics

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*Fiscal Year 2017 contains two sealed decisions that will be officially published on the Court’s website in early Fiscal Year 2018. Please visit the Court’s website at http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/ to view all published decisions.

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