Patricia Campbell-Smith is now the first African-American to be appointed as Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. President Barack Obama appointed Judge Campbell-Smith to the position one month after she was appointed to judge to the same court.
The newly appointed judge has a long, impressive history of service with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. She served as special master to the court for six years then as Chief Master for another two. She was responsible for the court orders on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.