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September 2019

Board Chair Somers stands with Ann Willett, Matthew Lewis, and Samuel Van Kopp after their swearing-in ceremony.


The Board welcomes Mr. Samuel Van Kopp and Mr. Matthew Lewis to their one-year appointments as law clerks for 2019-2020. The Board also welcomes fall law clerks Ms. Ann Willett and Ms. Nehama Hanoch, both of the George Washington University Law School.

Mr. Samuel Van Kopp is a 2019 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a Staff Editor for the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. During law school, Mr. Van Kopp interned with the Board, with Washington Gas, and with the firm of Klein, DeNatale & Goldner. Prior to earning his J.D., Mr. Van Kopp served as a cavalry officer in the 173rd Airborne Brigade and later as a Legislative Fellow for Congressman Kevin McCarthy.

Mr. Matthew Lewis is a 2019 graduate from the George Washington University Law School, where he earned the school's JD Concentration in Government Procurement Law. While he was in law school, Mr. Lewis interned with the Board and the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel. Before attending law school, Mr. Lewis worked as a project coordinator in the contract manufacturing industry.

June 2019

CBCA Annual Law Clerks and Summer Law Clerks tour the U.S. Supreme Court


The law clerks pose for a picture in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after a tour and meeting with the Clerk of the Court. They are, from left to right, John Nakoneczny, Charles Blanchard, Andrew Current, Matthew Gurr, Benjamin Philips, and Nicole Giles.

June 2019

Summer Law Clerks Join CBCA

picture of the summer law clerks

The 2019 Summer Law Clerks are shown after being sworn in by CBCA Chair, Judge Jeri Somers. As part of the summer program, the law clerks conduct legal research; attend hearings, mediations, and status conferences; and draft all manner of legal documents, including opinions, orders, and memoranda. They are, from left to right, Benjamin Phillips of George Washington University Law School, Matthew Gurr of the University of South Carolina School of Law, and Andrew Current and Charles Blanchard, both of the George Washington University Law School.