Judge Jeri K. Somers is the Chief Judge (Chair) of the United States Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. In addition to managing the CBCA, Judge Somers carries a full docket, and presides over trials involving multi-million dollar contract disputes arising from all civilian Federal agencies, including the United States Department of Transportation, the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Department of Justice. Judge Somers also served in the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate, retiring in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves. In her last assignment, she served as a Military Trial Judge, where she heard felony and misdemeanor cases involving military defendants. These cases included complex drug cases, cases involving criminal uses of the internet, sexual assaults, theft, and other cases involving a wide variety of crimes.
Judge Somers is currently an Adjunct Professor with George Washington University School of Law, where she teaches, among other courses, the Government Contracts Experiential Learning Court – Moot Court, Formation; Formation of Government Contracts; and Government Lawyering. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor with the American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches Government Contracts – Performance.
Judge Somers earned her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and her B.A. in Biology from George Mason University. She holds bar memberships in Virginia and the District of Columbia.