A.B., magna cum laude, Williams College; J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School. Professor Bird, now retired, previously served as Senior Trial Counsel in the Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice. He was lead counsel for the United States in a series of complex cases in the United States Court of Federal Claims relating to government contract cost accounting issues. Professor Bird serves as co-Program Director for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s annual Washington, D.C. deposition skills program for practicing attorneys, and also teaches at NITA’s basic trial skills program. He has organized and presented programs on electronic discovery issues for the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and for Department of Justice attorneys. He also serves on hearing committees of the D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility that hear and decide attorney misconduct cases. As a former member and president of the Federal American Inn of Court, he developed and organized programs on advocacy skills, professionalism, ethics, and civility.