Susan McGuire Smith

Susan McGuire Smith spent most of her federal legal career with NASA, serving as Chief Counsel at Marshall Space Flight Center for 14 years. Her expertise is in government contracts, ethics, and personnel law.

Appeals Court Sustains Ten-Day Suspension

By on March 11, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Appeals Court Sustains Ten-Day Suspension

This case challenging a ten-day suspension against a Border Patrol Agent made its way to the federal appeals court by way of a challenge to an arbitrator’s decision.

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MSPB Overturned by Appeals Court

By on February 27, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
MSPB Overturned by Appeals Court

The federal appeals court found fault with MSPB’s decision involving a supervisor charged with negligence in making sure an applicant had a required degree.

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U.S. Marshal Service Retiree Wins Big at Supreme Court

By on February 20, 2019 in Court Cases, Retirement with 0 Comments
U.S. Marshal Service Retiree Wins Big at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court sided with a retired federal employee in his fight to get state income tax treatment for his federal pension.

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Fort Hood Shooting Victims’ Lawsuit Is Dismissed

By on January 24, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Fort Hood Shooting Victims’ Lawsuit Is Dismissed

In a major setback for individuals trying to obtain redress for the 2009 Fort Hood attacks, a federal court has dismissed all of the claims filed by victims.

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Lawsuit Seeking TRO To Reopen the Government Falls Short

By on January 22, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Lawsuit Seeking TRO To Reopen the Government Falls Short

A federal judge was not persuaded by plaintiffs to order the government to reopen or to start paying employees required to work without pay.

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Good Faith or Bad?

By on December 10, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Good Faith or Bad?

A federal judge questions whether the Departments of State and Justice acted in bad faith in handling records requests for Hillary Clinton’s emails as Secretary of State.

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Too Little, Too Late

By on October 23, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Too Little, Too Late

The appeals court sustained an arbitration decision upholding removal of a Senior Corrections Officer from his job due to his unacceptable fraternization with two female inmates.

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Unwelcome Sexual Contact Leads to Removal

By on September 27, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Unwelcome Sexual Contact Leads to Removal

Inappropriate conduct of a romantic nature by a female VA employee toward a male employee led to her removal.

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Appeals Court Slaps Down Secret Service For Playing Games in Responding to FOIA Responses

By on September 18, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Appeals Court Slaps Down Secret Service For Playing Games in Responding to FOIA Responses

The appeals court has said “enough” with the tactics followed by Secret Service in failing to follow FOIA requirements.

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Appeals Court Rules MSPB Erred in Handling Coerced Retirement Claim

By on September 12, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Appeals Court Rules MSPB Erred in Handling Coerced Retirement Claim

A Department of Commerce employee has convinced the appeals court that his retirement was involuntary because of a hostile work environment.

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