United States Court of Federal Claims - 27th Annual Judicial Conference
United States Court of Federal Claims - 28th Annual Judicial Conference - National Press Club, Washington, DC - Thursday, September 24, 2015


National Press Club

photo of the National Press Club buildingThe afternoon panels and evening reception for this year’s Judicial Conference will be held at the National Press Club. The mission of the National Press Club is to provide professionals in the fields of journalism, public relations, and communications an opportunity to expand their professional skills and business connections in a vibrant social environment. For over a century, the Club has been Washington's home for news, business, and social events in the nation's capital. The Court and the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association are pleased to have the opportunity for members of the bench and bar to enjoy this unique historical setting during the 28th Annual Judicial Conference.

Library of Congress

Interior photo of the National Museum of Women and the ArtsThe Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

The Library's mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.

Of special interest during a visit may be the Law Library, established in 1832 to provide Congress with ready access to reliable legal materials. The Law Library has grown over the years to become the world’s largest law library, with a collection of over three million volumes spanning the ages and covering virtually every jurisdiction in the world.

The court is also very excited about a special exhibit that will be on display at the time of our conference: “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor.” From November 6, 2014, through January 19, 2015, the Library of Congress will display one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta from 1215, the great charter of rights and liberties. In addition to the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta, the exhibition will feature medieval manuscripts, published works, prints, photographs, maps, posters, and annotated draft opinions by justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.

For the Library’s preview of the exhibit, please click here. Read more...

Smithsonian Institution

Photo of Smithsonian InstitutionThe 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

Photo of National Monuments and MemorialsWashington, 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

Photo of U.S. Supreme CourtThe 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

Photo of U.S. Capitol BuildingThe 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...




Thank you to those of you who attended and supported the 28th Annual Judicial Conference. We had record attendance for our annual celebration of the bench and bar. See you next year!

If you will be traveling to Washington, DC, for the numerous bench and bar activities taking place on May 2-3, 2016, and need some help finding your way around the venues, please click here.

Registration for both Law Day and the Judicial Conference are nearing capacity and may close early. Please register now if you plan to join us!

All registration fees will increase by $25 at midnight on April 15, 2016. Registration will CLOSE at noon on April 25, 2016 (or when maximum capacity is reached, whichever comes first). Click here to register today!

Please note that the hotel blocks close soon! The Willard (block closes on 4/2) and The Hyatt (block closes on 4/3) still have rooms available. Click here for reservation information.

The Bar Association has opened registration. Early registration for both Law Day and the Judicial Conference will expire on April 15, 2016, so please click here to register today!

Three local hotels have offered courtesy room blocks for those attending the conference from out of town. Please click here to reserve today.

The conference has now been rescheduled for May 3, 2016. Please stay tuned for updates as the agenda and speakers are re-confirmed.

The conference is cancelled in light of the Pope's visit to Washington, DC. We apologize for any inconvenience, and will reschedule if we are able.


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