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


~ MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016 ~

Annual Law Day Observance Luncheon at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

11:00a–12:00p Registration & Light Refreshments
Peacock Alley
12:00p–2:00p Annual Law Day Observance Luncheon Willard Room
2:00p-4:00p Advisory Council Closed Meeting
Peacock Room

Welcome Reception sponsored by the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association hosted by Baker Hostetler, 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW

5:30p-7:30p U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Welcome Reception
Featuring special musical guests "Shameless"
Baker Hostetler

~ TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016 ~
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor

Morning Vaccine Program Sessions

7:30a–9:00a Registration/Pastries & Coffee Lobby
8:30a–8:45a OSM Update Ballroom
Annual report on the work of the Office of Special Masters.


Chief Special Master Nora Beth Dorsey

8:45a–9:45a Alternative Dispute Resolution in the OSM Ballroom
Discussion of current practice and trends in settlements and alternative dispute resolution in the Vaccine Program.


Special Master Thomas Gowen


Professor Edward Kraus
Vince Matanoski, Department of Justice
Danielle Strait, Maglio Christopher & Toale
Curtis Webb, Curtis Webb Law

10:00a–11:00a The Vaccine Program: “Help Us Help You” Ballroom
A panel of Special Masters will discuss speed bumps, pet peeves, and other small and large obstacles they see in resolving vaccine claims. The panel will take questions and suggestions from vaccine bar audience members regarding thoughts on how the adjudicative process can be improved.


Special Master Brian Corcoran


Special Master Christian Moran
Clerk’s Office staff

11:00a–12:00p Update on Proposed Changes to the Vaccine Table Ballroom
On July 29, 2015, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for amendments to be made to the Vaccine Injury Table by regulation. Since that time, HHS has been drafting its proposed changes. Dr. Nair will discuss the regulations and share the status of this rulemaking action.


Captain Narayan Nair, M.D., Department of Health and Human Services


12:00p–1:30p Registration/coffee Lobby
1:15p–1:25p Welcome Message & Report from the Chief Judge Ballroom
Annual report on the work of the court.


Chief Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith

1:30p–2:45p Effective Trial Techniques Ballroom
This panel will reveal strategies that some judges and practitioners believe make trials more effective and efficient, including, among others, framing discovery to aid litigation strategy, enhancing expert presentations, simplifying complex cases, and using graphics effectively.


Judge Thomas Wheeler


Brad Fagg, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Paul Khoury, Wiley Rein LLP
Patricia McCarthy, Department of Justice
Eric Bruskin, Department of Justice

3:00p–4:25p Recent Supreme Court & Federal Circuit Cases Ballroom
Leading appellate advocates and scholars will provide an inside look at key Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions from the past year. The panel will also discuss notable petitions for writ of certiorari pending for the 2015–2016 term, with an emphasis on the cases of special interest to those who practice before the Court of Federal Claims.


Judge Nancy Firestone


Professor Joshua Schwartz, The George Washington University School of Law
Professor Jessica Tillipman, The George Washington University School of Law

4:30p–5:30p Developments in ADR & Pro Bono Representation Ballroom
Several new and innovative initiatives are in active development at the court, including revision of the court’s ADR program and support for the Bar Association’s Pro Bono/Attorney Referral pilot program. Along with a discussion of selected best practices from the Office of Special Masters, the Department of Justice, and the private bar, the court will report on these programs and solicit comments from the audience.


Judge Marian Blank Horn


Steve Gillingham, Department of Justice
Jerry Stouck, Greenburg Traurig LLP
Chief Special Master Nora Beth Dorsey

5:30p–7:30p Cocktail Reception 1st Amendment / Holeman



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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