Judge Jeri K. Somers became Chair of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals October 1, 2017.
The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) is an independent tribunal housed within the General Services Administration. The board’s principal mission is to hear and decide contract disputes between government contractors and civilian agencies of the federal government under the Contract Disputes Act. The CBCA also exercises jurisdiction in multiple areas based upon statute, delegations of authority, and memorandum of understanding. In addition, the board provides alternative dispute resolution services for government contract and other matters involving federal agencies.
As a member of the board, Judge Somers manages cases, conducts hearings when necessary, issues opinions and orders, and serves as a neutral in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. As chair, she is additionally responsible for management of the tribunal itself.
Before her appointment to Chair of the CBCA, Judge Somers served as Vice Chair of the CBCA since June 8, 2008. She became a member of the CBCA on January 6, 2007, after having served on the Department of Transportation Board of Contract Appeals since April 2003.
In her previous positions, Judge Somers served in the United States Air Force as a lawyer in the Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG), retiring in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, National Courts Section, Civil Division; as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division); and as an attorney in the private sector. Judge Somers has also been a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School since 2009 and at the American University Washington College of Law since 2018. Judge Somers holds a law degree from the American University Washington College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University. She is a member of the bars of Virginia, DC, and the Supreme Court of the United States.