Patricia Campbell-Smith

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Patricia Campbell-Smith
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Federal Claims
Title:   Chief Judge
Service:
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   9/19/2013 - 2028
Chief:   10/21/013 - Present
Preceded by:   Lawrence M. Baskir
Past post:   Chief Special Master
Past chief:   2011 - 2013
Past term:   12/19/2005 - 9/19/2013
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Duke U., 1987
Law School:   Tulane Law, 1992



Patricia Campbell-Smith is a federal judge for the United States Court of Federal Claims. She joined the court as a special master, in 2005 and became the chief special master on April 7, 2011.[1] On March 19, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Kaplan to the United States Court of Federal Claims to fill the vacancy left by Lawrence M. Baskir.[2] She was confirmed by the Senate on September 19, 2013 to a 15-year appointment.

On October 21, 2013, President Barack Obama appointed Campbell-Smith to be the Chief Judge for the court, making her the first African-American to serve in that position on the Court of Federal Claims.[3][4][5]

Early life and education

Campbell-Smith earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Duke University in 1987. She went on to earn her J.D. from Tulane Law School, graduating with honors in 1992.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Federal Claims

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Patricia Campbell-Smith
 Court:United States Court of Federal Claims
 Progress:Confirmed 184 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:March 19, 2013
ApprovedAABA Rating:NA
ApprovedAQuestionnaire:Questionnaire
ApprovedAHearing:May 8, 2013
ApprovedAQFRs:[NA QFRs]
ApprovedAReported:June 6, 2013 
ApprovedAConfirmed:September 19, 2013
 Vote:
On March 19, 2013, President Obama nominated Campbell-Smith to a post on the United States Court of Federal Claims, filling the spot vacated by Lawrence M. Baskir.[6] Obama commented on the nomination, stating,

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

These nominees have dedicated their careers to serving the public good. And in so doing, they have displayed an unyielding commitment to justice and integrity. I am confident that they will serve the American people well from the Court of Federal Claims, and I am honored to nominate them today.[2]

Campbell-Smith had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 8, 2013 and you can find her Committee Questionnaire available here.[7]

On September 19, 2013, Campbell-Smith was confirmed by the Senate to a 15-year appointment to the United States Court of Federal Claims. Campbell-Smith was appointed to be the Chief Judge on October 21, 2013, by President Barack Obama. The appointment was not subject to Senate approval.[4]

Federal Claims, Special master

Campbell-Smith was appointed to the United States Court of Federal Claims on December 8, 2005 as a special master and assumed duty in December 19, 2005. She became chief special master on April 7, 2011. Her term as a special master ended when she was confirmed to United States Court of Federal Claims as a federal judge.[1]

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