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Greetings. On behalf of the United States Court of Federal Claims, I am pleased to welcome you to our website.
Recently held at the court was a Passing of the Gavel Ceremony to recognize former Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt's imminent retirement and my presidential designation on October 21, 2013 to serve as the court's new chief judge. The event afforded the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association the opportunity to present Judge Hewitt with an award in appreciation for her service. Bar Association president G. Robson Stewart and Bar Association president-elect Lewis S. Wiener made the presentation. Also in attendance was Sarah L. Wilson who represented the court's Advisory Council and conveyed the Council's gratitude for Judge Hewitt's work. We, too, at the court have thanked Judge Hewitt for her principled leadership and her devoted service, and we extend our best wishes to her in her next endeavors.
The Court of Federal Claims continues to be well served by the support of a distinguished Advisory Council and an exemplary Bar Association on issues and events of importance to the court. Joining and participating in the United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association allows members of the court's bar to become more familiar with the court, members of the bench, and other practitioners.
The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is instrumental in the sponsorship of two of the court's signature annual events. The first is Law Day. The American Bar Association's chosen theme for Law Day 2014 is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” More details about this event will follow soon.
The second event is the court's annual judicial conference. The 26th Annual Judicial Conference was to be held in October of 2013 but was postponed due to the government's shutdown. This half-day afternoon event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2014, and re-registration is expected to begin soon. You may also visit the Bar Association's website for more information about this event.
Periodically, I will update this greeting to draw your attention to the court's recent and upcoming events. Thank you for your interest in the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Date: October 28, 2013