Greetings from the Federal Magistrate Judges Association.
The Association is composed of active, retired and recalled United States Magistrate Judges. Our purpose is to promote the efficient administrative 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.
If you are reading this message, you have just reached our website, which we substantially upgraded in March 2013 and which we hope you find 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.
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,
Sidney I. Schenkier
President, Federal Magistrate Judges Association
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.