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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 University, 1987
Law School:   Tulane Law School, 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 Judge Lawrence M. Baskir.[2] She was confirmed by the Senate on September 19, 2013 to a fifteen-year term.

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

Education

Campbell-Smith earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Duke University in 1987 and 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 President Obama nominated Campbell-Smith to a post on the United States Court of Federal Claims, filling the spot vacated by Judge Lawrence M. Baskir.[2] Obama commented on the nomination, stating:

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][6]

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 fifteen-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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