The Association is composed of active, retired and recalled United States Magistrate Judges. Our purpose is to promote the efficient administration of justice, to protect the integrity, dignity and independence of the federal judiciary and to educate the public about the important role that magistrate judges play in criminal and civil cases that come into our federal court system.
The Association’s website was substantially upgraded in March 2013 and we hope you find it to be vibrant and informative. While the site is designed primarily for our members, we realize the importance of educating the community about the federal courts and the importance of judicial independence in the efficient administration of justice in our courts. We also have a nationally respected Law Review with cutting edge articles written by judges, members of academia, and others. You may find these articles by clicking on the Federal Courts Law Review (FCLR) button below.
Our Association is strongly committed to promoting diversity among lawyers and judges. Many of our members participate in the Just the Beginning Foundation’s Judicial Intern program which provides opportunities for diverse law students to acquire experience interning in the chambers of our members. Through our diversity committee, we host diversity panels twice a year which serve as an educational tool for young lawyers who have aspirations of one day becoming a federal judge.
If you are a guest visiting our site, we invite you to browse and learn more about us. If you are a member, please use this website to the fullest, as it is a tool that allows magistrate judges across the country to stay connected. And, if you have any suggestions for information or features you would like to see added to the website, please do not hesitate to contact me or our Association’s Executive Director, Shari Bedker.
Very truly yours,
Karen L. Strombom
President, Federal Magistrate Judges Association
Celeste Bremer, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge in Des Moines, Iowa was recently in Cairo, Egypt on an ABA Rule of Law Initiative, helping teach at the Judicial Center with an Egyptian Court of Cassation Judge, Ahmed Abo Zeid, who has also spent time in the U.S. studying mediation. According the Celeste, the teachers used very active learning methods and they received a great response from those who attended the first of two sessions. At the end of the day, the Director asked if they could come back in the next couple of months to teach two new classes (of about 250 each) of prosecutors and judges.
In June our own Karen Klein will be in Cairo leading a Train the Trainers program for judges who completed the two-day sessions that were just completed and some judges selected by the Judicial Institute or Ministry of Justice.
Welcome to the Retired Judges Corner. All may enter, without proof of age or judicial status. For example, I am retired, but working full-time on recall. As an attorney said to me recently, “Judge, you are giving retirement a bad name.” But I am here because I believe this area of the FMJA website will have a lot to offer retired and recalled magistrate judges.
In districts spread across the country, approximately 40 magistrate judges serve on a part-time basis. The fact that they work as part-time judges raises some administrative issues different from those faced by full-time judges.
In an effort to increase diversity among the federal judiciary, the Federal Magistrate Judge’s Diversity Committee has formed sub-committees to prepare diversity panel presentations for FMJA Workshops in New Orleans, Louisiana, and San Diego, California. The New Orleans diversity panel presentation will consist of a ninety minute panel presentation and dialogue.