hewittPresident Barack Obama has appointed openly lesbian attorney Emily C. Hewitt  as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the court that hears monetary claims against the government.

Hewitt, who is also an ordained Episcopal priest,was appointed to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1998. According to The Advocate, Hewitt has chaired the court’s Rules and Building and Space Committees and served on its Management Committee. In 2006, she was appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to serve on the Financial Disclosure Committee of the United States Judicial Conference, according to a biography released by the White House.

The court’s Web site lists her as married to attorney Eleanor Dean Acheson. She is a native of Baltimore.