FMJA Officers

Hon. Mark Falk
Mark Falk has been a United States Magistrate Judge since 2002. Admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1977 and the New York Bar in 1983, Judge Falk was a partner with three top law firms  during his 25 years in private practice.  He specialized in complex litigation and served as lead trial counsel in numerous high profile trials in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and other jurisdictions. 
Judge Falk is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School and Rutgers Law School.  He has lectured on a variety of topics at numerous other law schools and Continuing Legal Education Seminars including the New Jersey ICLE, the Federal Judicial Conference, the New York Intellectual Property Association and others. 
Judge Falk is a member of the American, New Jersey, and Essex County Bar Associations, and a former Trustee of the Legal Services Foundation and the Essex County Bar Association.  He has also served in numerous roles on the New Jersey District Ethics Committee.  He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Judge Falk is currently the Compliance Judge for the District of New Jersey Arbitration and Mediation Program, and serves on several Court committees including the Rules Committee. Judge Falk is Treasurer of the Federal Magistrate Judge’s Association and served two terms on the Advisory Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judge System.  
Judge Falk received his B.A. from Antioch College and his J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School, where he was a published member of the Law Review.  He was law clerk to the Hon. John C. Demos, Assignment Judge, NJ Superior Court.
Hon. Deborah M. Smith
Deborah M. Smith was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Alaska in February, 2007, and became the district’s Chief Magistrate Judge in 2014, following a successful career as a federal prosecutor and trial lawyer.  For the past two years, Judge Smith served as Chair of the Ninth Circuit Magistrate Judges Executive Board and as an appointed observer on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council. In Alaska, Judge Smith presides over federal criminal matters and conducts civil settlement conferences. In 2015, she chaired the committee which established Alaska’s first federal reentry court.Judge Smith graduated cum laude from the University of Florida, where she served as editor of the daily newspaper and was a Board of Regents Scholar. After college, she worked as a journalist, serving as education editor of the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Judge Smith graduated from Northeastern Law School in Boston.
Judge Smith is active in community and bar association activities. She has served as the District Court liaison to the Alaska Bar Association and its convention planning committee for nine years. She is a member of the Downtown Anchorage Rotary Club, and served as co-chair of its World Community Service Committee. In that role, she traveled to northern India to assist in the National Polio Vaccination Program in 2011. She is currently Chair of the Alaska World Affairs Council. She also serves as a mentor for the Color of Justice Minority Mentoring Program and the Anchorage High School Mock Trial Program.
Hon. Kristen Mix
Kristen L. Mix was appointed to the federal bench in 2007.  Magistrate Judge Mix’s expertise prior to her appointment was in labor and employment law. In 2006 and 2007, Judge Mix was recognized as a top employment lawyer by Chambers U.S.A. and named one of the top twenty-five women lawyers in Colorado by 5280 Magazine. She serves on the Judicial Conference of the United States’ Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judge System and on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado’s Local Rules Committee. She is the current Chair of the Colorado Judicial Coordinating Council and the Secretary of the Federal Magistrate Judges’ Association. Judge Mix is the judicial co-founder of the Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.  She is a frequent writer and speaker on the law.
Hon. K. Nicole Mitchell
Judge Mitchell was born in Victoria, Texas. She graduated with honors from Baylor Law School after receiving both bachelors and masters degrees from Texas A&M University. While at Baylor, Judge Mitchell served as the Senior Executive Editor of the Baylor Law Review, as well as Managing Editor of the Law Review’s Texas Practice Edition.
After law school, Judge Mitchell clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Leonard Davis in the Eastern District of Texas before starting her civil practice at Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston. Judge Mitchell’s practice focused primarily on the area of Health Law Litigation, but she also worked on patent cases and is licensed to practice before the USPTO. After her time at Fulbright & Jaworski, Judge Mitchell returned to the Eastern District of Texas to serve as the Chief Staff Attorney to Judge Davis.
Judge Mitchell was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge on August 16, 2013. In her time on the bench, Judge Mitchell has overseen numerous patent and general civil litigation cases. She also mediates cases pending in the Eastern District of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Hon. Nancy Joseph
Hon. Nancy Joseph is a United States magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. She earned her B.A. from Howard University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), her juris doctor from Rutgers University School of Law, and her Master’s of Judicial Studies from Duke University School of Law.
Judge Joseph was recently reappointed to her second term as magistrate judge. Prior to her initial appointment to the bench in 2010, Judge Joseph worked as a trial and appellate attorney with the Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc.
Judge Joseph serves on the U.S. Courts’ Magistrate Judges Advisory Committee and co-chairs the Federal Magistrate Judges Association’s Diversity Committee. Judge Joseph previously served on the ABA’s National Conference of Federal Trial Judges’ Executive Committee.
Judge Joseph has also been recognized with multiple awards for her community service, including the Wisconsin Business Journal’s Woman of Influence, the Association for Women Lawyers’ Mentoring Award, the Milwaukee Times Business Weekly’s Black Excellence Award, the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers’ Outstanding Member of The Year, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association’s Judge John W. Reynolds Community Building Award.
Judge Joseph is particularly active in outreach to youth. She is the founder of the Summer Youth Institute, a free intensive seven day program sponsored by Marquette Law School and the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association for middle and high school students interested in careers in law.

Hon. Ramon E. Reyes, Jr.

Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. entered service as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York in February 2006.  At the time of his appointment he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, serving as a Deputy Chief of Civil Appeals.  Judge Reyes was reappointed to a second eight-year term as a Magistrate Judge in December 2013.

Judge Reyes received a BS from Cornell University in 1988, a JD from Brooklyn Law School in 1992, and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law in 1993. While at Brooklyn Law School, he served as Editor in Chief of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and was a Fellow in the Center for the Study of International Business Law.

Prior to becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, Judge Reyes was an associate in the New York office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, a law clerk to the late-Honorable David G. Trager, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, and a legislative attorney for the New York City Council. From 2000-2003 he served as a member of the United States Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the Eastern District of New York.  Judge Reyes has published several law review articles on intellectual property, and international law and litigation issues, and is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School.  In 2005, he received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army.

Judge Reyes is a presidential appointee to the American Bar Association's Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, a member of the ABA, the Latino Judges Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Council.