ObamaAlthough views are currently mixed on how President Barack Obama is handling governmental affairs, one thing that can be lauded is his goals to diversify the White House and bring more people of color into positions of power. Well, just one month after appointed Patricia E. Campbell-Smith to the position of judge of U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Obama has given her a promotion: Judge Campbell-Smith is now the first African-American to serve as chief judge of the federal claims court.

A statement released from the White House showed how proud Obama is with Campbell-Smith’s appointment:

“She has a long and distinguished record of service,” the president said. “I am confident she will serve with distinction.”

All positions in the U.S. Federal Claims Court have 15-year terms.

Campbell-Smith has served many years in the court. Between 2005 and 2011, she worked as special master to the court and then chief special master between 2011 and 2013. She has been responsible for overseeing court orders on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and was a law clerk for former U.S. Federal Claims Court Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt.

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