Honoring their Service
To honor their service on the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims,
the CAVC Bar Association commissions portraits of retiring judges
of the Court. The portraits are presented to the court and
are available for viewing in the courtroom.
Bar Association Honors Judge Greene with Presentation of Portrait
The Ceremonial Courtroom of the Court of Appeals for the Federal
Circuit served as the elegant setting for the portrait presentation
of Judge William P. Greene, Jr., held on September 27, 2011. The
program took place immediately after the annual meeting of the
CAVC Bar Association. In addition to invited guests, the program
was open to the membership of the Bar Association. The program
gave all in attendance the opportunity to honor the life and work
of Judge Greene, who was appointed to the Court in November 1997
and served as Chief Judge from August 2005 until his retirement
in August 2010 (he currently serves the Court in a recall capacity).
Chief Judge Bruce E. Kasold, who was Judge Greene’s immediate
successor as Chief Judge, began the proceedings. The Honorable
William K. Suter, Clerk of the United States Supreme Court, offered
his remarks, including anecdotes of their experiences while they
both served as Army Judge Advocates.
Gayle Strommen, newly-installed CAVC Bar Association President,
presided over the much-anticipated “big reveal” of
the portrait. The portrait, by artist Linda Bruggink, a south Alabama
portrait artist, certainly impressed those in attendance. Ms. Bruggink
has painted the portraits of Federal Circuit retired Chief Judge
Paul Michel, current Chief Judge Randall Rader, Judge Pauline Newman,
and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. The portrait certainly
stands well with her other work. In addition to bringing the viewer
a natural likeness of Judge Greene, the portrait included references
to the important themes in Judge Greene’s life, including
service to country as illustrated by the glimpses of the “Buffalo
Soldiers” seen in the background of the painting. The painting
was paid for entirely with contributions from the members of the
CAVC Bar Association and other individuals.
Following Ms. Strommen’s presentation, Chief Judge Bruce
E. Kasold accepted the portrait for the Court, where it will hang
with the portraits of the other retired judges of the Court. Chief
Judge Greene gave personal, heartfelt comments and acknowledged
the Court, including his colleagues and law clerks, and other attendees,
as well as his family members in attendance, including his wife
Madeline and his mother. Lucy Gray, a former law clerk to Judge
Greene, spoke on behalf of Judge Greene’s former staff, many
of whom contributed to the portrait.
Chief Judge Kasold offered his own remarks acknowledging the accomplishments
of Judge Greene, and adjourned the proceedings. In a reception
immediately following the program, attendees had the chance to
catch a glimpse of the portrait as well as to meet with Judge Greene
and other members of the Court. Most importantly, the program gave
the Bar Association, its members, as well as the Court and those
close to Judge Greene, to reflect on his accomplishments and honor
his years of service to country and to our nation’s veterans.
The Bar Association
continues to raise money toward its portrait fund. Please
consider donating to this worthy cause. You may send a check payable to
the “CAVC Bar Association” along with a Contribution
CAVC Bar Association
PO Box 7992
Washington, DC 20044-7992
You may also contribute on-line by clicking on the Donate
button below. If you contribute on-line, please include how
you would like your name to appear on the Donor's List (for
example, John Doe, Esq. or The Law Offices of John Doe).
If you do not want your name to appear, please enter Anonymous
or Friend of the Court.
In advance, thank you for your contribution.
Bar Association Portrait Committee
The donation may be tax deductible - please check with
your tax advisor.
Thank you for your support
Click here to view
the completed portraits.