Obama selects Patricia E. Campbell-Smith as first African American Chief Judge of US Court of Federal Claims
Patricia E. Campbell-Smith was appointed a judge for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims just a month ago. Now President Obama has promoted her to chief judge of the court, making her the first African America to ever hold the position.
Campbell-Smith was described by the president as having “a long and distinguished record of service.” He expressed his confidence that “she will serve with distinction.”
As the special master to the court from 2005 to 2011 and chief special master from 2011 to 2013, Campbell-Smith was responsible for overseeing court orders on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. She was also a law clerk for former U.S. Federal Claims Court Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt.
Like all judges appointed to the U.S. Federal Claims Court, Campbell-Smith will serve a 15-year term.
Kudos to President Obama for making history with his selection.
Congratulations to Patricia E. Campbell-Smith!