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Registration opens in August

Thursday, November 9, 2023

The National Press Club

529 14th NW, Washington, DC 20045
9a.m. – 7p.m.
Sponsorship opportunities available!


All Sessions will take place at The National Press Club, 529 14th NW, Washington, DC 20045 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2022.


The panels this year include discussions on: Takings, Vaccine, Contracts, Meet the New Judges, and more!

Keynote Address by John Tateishi, Author of Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations.


Sponsorship opportunities available!


Agenda subject to change. Plenary Sessions and “Track A” Sessions will take place in Ballroom. “Track B” Sessions will take place in the Holeman Lounge. 

Printable Agenda

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Welcome Remarks 

Jon Burd, President, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association

9:05 AM – 9:25 AM

State of the Court

Hon. Elaine Kaplan, Chief Judge

Hon. Brian Corcoran, Chief Special Master

Lisa Reyes, Clerk of Court

Panel Materials

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Track A: How the Best Lawyers Do It: Case Management, Discovery, and Beyond

Moderator: Hon. Eleni Roumel

Presenter: Hon. Kristen Mix, U.S. Magistrate Judge D. Col.

Track B: Courtside Observations and Practical Advice from the Best Seats in the House

Moderator: Joe McClure, Associate, Steptoe & Johnson
Panelists: Prof. Victoria Christoff and Adi Williams, Former Clerks for the Federal Circuit

Panel Materials

10:30 AM – 10:40 AM


10:40 AM – 11:40 AM

Track A: The Court’s Gatekeeping Role and FRE 702 

Moderator: Hon. Mary Ellen Coster Williams 
Presenter: Professor David E. Bernstein, Antonin Scalia School of Law

Panel Materials

Track B: Topics in Contracts: Top Things New Practitioners Should Know 

Moderator: Jessica Tillipman, Asst. Dean for Government Procurement Law
Studies, George Washington University
Panelists: Kelly Krystyniak, Trial Attorney, U.S. DOJ; Jeff Lowry, Associate, Vedder Price; Katie John, Associate General Counsel, ABL Space Systems

11:40 AM – 1:00 PM

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Keynote Address: Historical Perspective: Delayed Justice for Japanese Americans in Post–WWII America

Moderator: Hon. David A. Tapp
Presenter: John Tateishi, Author of Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations

Panel Materials

2:20 PM – 3:20 PM

Track A: The Realities of Takings Litigation in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims 2000–2014

Moderator: Hon. Armando Bonilla 
Presenter: Prof. Dave Owen, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Panel Materials

Track B: The Interface of Science and Law: Developments in Vaccine Injury Cases

Moderator: Hon. Brian Corcoran, Chief Special Master
Presenter: Amber Wilson, PhD, JD, Wilson Science Law

Panel Materials

3:20 PM – 3:30 PM


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Civil Litigation and Implicit Bias (Ethics Credit)

Moderator: Hon. Carolyn Lerner 
Presenter: Hon. Bernice Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Panel Materials

4:35 PM – 5:00 PM

Meet the New Judges

Moderator: Hon. Elaine Kaplan

Hon. Carolyn Lerner

Hon. Armando Bonilla

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Reception in Holeman Lounge and First Amendment Lounge


Thank you to our sponsors!

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