Judge Jeri Somers is the Vice Chair of the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. Judge Somers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983 from George Mason University. She received a Juris Doctorate in 1986 from the American University Washington College of Law. She began her career as a Judge Advocate with the United States Air Force, from 1986 to 1991. She continued her service in the United States Air Force Reserves from 1991 to 1993, and in the District of Columbia Air National Guard from 1993 to 2004. Her military service concluded as a Military Judge with the United States Air Force Reserves from 2004 to 2007, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She has held a number of civilian positions concurrently with her military service. From 1991 to 1994, she served as a Trial Attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the United States Department of Justice Civil Division. From 1994 to 2001, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. From 2001 to 2003, she worked at the law firm of Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C. From 2003 to 2007, she served as an Administrative Judge for the United States Department of Transportation's Board of Contract Appeals. Since 2007, she has served as a Judge of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and has served as Vice Chair of the Board since 2008.