Obama Picks African-American as Chief Judge of Court of Federal Claims

WI Web Staff | 10/21/2013, 2:01 p.m.
Patricia Campbell-Smith

President Obama announced Monday that he has designated Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith to be the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Campbell-Smith would be the first African-American in the position. The designation does not need Senate confirmation, meaning she will assume the role immediately.

"I am proud to designate Judge Campbell-Smith to serve as Chief Judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims," Obama said. "She has a long and distinguished record of service, and I am confident she will serve with distinction."

Campbell-Smith had previously served as a Special Master with the court from 2005 to 2011 and as Chief Special Master from 2011 to 2013.

She received her J.D. with honors in 1992 from Tulane Law School and her B.S. with honors in 1987 from Duke University.