In October 2023, the CBCA hired Carolyn Carmody as a full-time Attorney Adviser in its legal department. Carolyn is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Swarthmore College. Prior to joining the CBCA, Carolyn advised contractors for sixteen years on federal government procurement proposal requirements and wrote and conducted compliance reviews of proposal deliverables. She previously spent five years as a Firefighter/Medic for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and seven years litigating cases at private law firms.
Judge Jonathan L. Kang earned a B.A. with honors in 1996 from Vassar College, and a J.D. with honors in 2001 from The George Washington University School of Law, where he was a member of the Public Contract Law Journal. From 2001 until 2004, he served as an associate with Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP. In 2004, he joined the United States Government Accountability Office, Procurement Law Group, Office of the General Counsel, where he served until 2023 as a Senior Attorney, Deputy Assistant General Counsel, and Assistant General Counsel. In addition, Judge Kang served on the Government Accountability Office Contract Appeals Board as a Member from 2013 to 2017, Vice Chair from 2017 to 2018, and Chair from 2018 to 2023.
Mr. Anthony Haskins recently joined the Board as a Legal Administrative Specialist following two years as an appeals processing clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). Prior to his time with the CAVC, Anthony served as an intake clerk and case manager for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division. Mr. Haskins received his B.A. in Political Science from West Virginia University in 2012.
Mrs. Isabelle Leon recently joined the Board as a Legal Administrative Specialist following four years as a courtroom clerk for the District of Columbia Superior Court. Prior to serving as a courtroom clerk, she was a deputy clerk in the Probate Division at the Superior Court. Mrs. Leon received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Ms. Dakota Miles recently joined the Board as a Legal Administrative Specialist following five years of experience as a legal assistant in various fields, including estate planning and tax law. Previously, she interned as a policy analyst for the Department of Public Safety—Ward 2 and the Gray Panthers of Metropolitan Washington-Ward 8. Ms. Miles received her B.A. in Criminology with a minor in Strategic Legal Management and Communications from Howard University in 2019.
Ms. Sophie Marsh is a 2023 graduate of The George Washington University Law School where she received a J.D. with a concentration in Government Procurement Law. While in law school, Ms. Marsh was a Senior Articles Editor on the Public Contract Law Journal and was the recipient of the Ruth Burg Government Procurement Law Scholar award. Her Note, Inflated Health Care Costs: Why Hospital Billing Practices Are Problematic And How Federal Procurement Can Help, will be published in the fall 2023 issue of the Public Contract Law Journal. Ms. Marsh also interned at the CBCA, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Office of Special Masters, and Children’s Law Center during law school. Ms. Marsh worked as a legal assistant at LexisNexis prior to starting law school and received her B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology, with a minor in Communication Studies, from the University of Denver in 2018.
Ms. Taylor McDaniels is a 2023 graduate of The George Washington University Law School. While in law school, Ms. McDaniels was the Senior Managing Editor of the Public Contract Law Journal. Her Note, Improving Broadband in Appalachia: How Municipal Broadband Networks Can Bring High-Speed Internet to Millions, was published in the fall 2022 issue of the Journal. She also interned at the General Services Administration’s Acquisition Policy Division and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. Prior to law school, Ms. McDaniels received her B.B.A. in Management, summa cum laude, from the University of Kentucky with a minor in Communications.
Ms. Allison Moors is a 2023 graduate of The George Washington University Law School, where she received a J.D. with a concentration in Government Procurement Law. While in law school Ms. Moors was a member of the Public Contract Law Journal and co-chaired the 2023 Arnold & Porter Government Contracts Moot Court Competition. She has interned at the Transportation Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Court of Federal Claims, and the law firm Bass Berry & Sims. Prior to law school, Ms. Moors worked as a contract manager in the aerospace industry. She received her B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College in 2016.
The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals is very saddened to share the news of the death of Judge Jerome M. Drummond on June 24, 2023. After a distinguished career as a federal civil servant during the 1980s and 1990s, Judge Drummond was appointed to the Department of Housing and Urban Development Board of Contract Appeals in 1999. He served on the HUD Board until 2007 when he became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals at its inception. Judge Drummond had a B.S. from Eastern Kentucky University and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law. Judge Drummond was a well-respected, well-liked, thoughtful, and dignified judge and colleague. He will be missed.
From left to right: Shalom Samuels, Judge Erica Beardsley (Chair), Jack Kellerman, and Kyle Coopersmith.
Mr. Kyle Coopersmith is a rising third-year law student at The George Washington University Law School. Kyle is pursuing a concentration in government contracts law and is a Notes Editor on the Public Contract Law Journal. Kyle has served as Senator and Compliance Officer for the Student Bar Association. He received his B.A. in Politics and Philosophy, summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh in 2020.
Mr. Shalom Samuels is a rising second-year law student at The George Washington University Law School, where his primary interests are entertainment law and litigation. Prior to attending law school, Shalom was the lead bankruptcy paralegal at Balisok & Kaufman, PLLC in New York City. Shalom received his B.A. in Political Science from Touro University in 2021.
Mr. Jack Kellerman is a rising second-year law student at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He serves as a mentor to first-year law students as a Kirgis Fellow and focuses on appellate litigation and government contracts. Jack graduated summa cum laude from Wabash College in 2018 with a B.A. in both Political Science and Rhetoric, where he focused on constitutional law and presidential rhetoric. Before law school, Jack joined Teach for America and taught algebra to seventh and eighth graders in Indianapolis, Indiana, while earning a Master of Arts in Teaching in secondary math education.