(Washington, D.C.)—Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) and the Chairman of its Legal Policy Advisory Board, former Associate Attorney General of the United States Jay B. Stephens, are pleased to announce that Susan G. Braden, who recently retired after 16 years of service on the United States Court of Federal Claims, has rejoined WLF’s Board.

Judge Braden served on WLF’s Board while in private law practice until 2003, when she was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Court of Federal Claims.  The U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Braden unanimously.  On March 13, 2017, President Donald J. Trump appointed Judge Braden to be Chief of the Court, a position she held until assuming Senior Status on July 12, 2018.

On the federal bench,  Judge Braden issued 456 published opinions, awarded over $800 million in damages in breach of contract, patent infringement and Secrecy Act, federal tax refund, Vaccine Act, military and civilian pay, and Fifth Amendment Takings Clause cases, that were affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  In 2017, she was appointed to the U.S. Administrative Conference’s Judicial Review-Agency Guidance Project. In 2015, the American Law Institute named Judge Braden as one of seven Judicial Advisors to the proposed Restatement of the Law on Copyright.  In 2013, Judge Braden was named to the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Judge’s Special Committee and Chair of the Court’s Advisory Council’s Intellectual Property Committee to draft the Court’s new Patent Rules.  

“We are honored that Susan has agreed to rejoin our Advisory Board,” said WLF President and CEO Constance Larcher.  “She served on the federal bench with dignity and distinction after a highly successful career in private practice, and WLF is fortunate to have her back.  We are looking forward to her insights and guidance as we continue to pursue our mission.”

WLF’s Legal Policy Advisory Board includes over forty distinguished professionals from the government and the legal, academic, and public policy communities who serve on a volunteer basis. 

Celebrating its 42nd year, WLF is America’s premier public-interest law firm and policy center advocating for free-market principles, limited government, individual liberty, and the rule of law.