FMJA Officers

Hon. Alan Baverman
Alan J. Baverman has been a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Georgia since February 1, 2001, and currently is in his second eight year term.  He received his law degree from Emory University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.  After clerking for a District Judge, he was in private practice primarily as a criminal defense lawyer before his judicial appointment.  He currently serves on the Magistrate Judges Advisory Group and is Secretary of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association.  He has served as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law and Georgia State University School of Law.  He regularly speaks at continuing legal education programs on a variety of civil and criminal law topics.  He lectures on criminal law issues for the Federal Judicial Center Magistrate Judge Workshops I and II (2008, 2010 and 2012).  In 2009, he lectured Brazilian judges on intellectual property issues on behalf of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in November 2011, he presented lectures on cybercrime to Egyptian commercial court judges and prosecutors on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program.
Hon. Linda R. Anderson

Judge Anderson was sworn in as United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi on July 12, 2006.  Her legal career began as a law clerk for the Mississippi Supreme Court, and then as an Assistant District Attorney for Hinds County, Mississippi.  Prior to her appointment,  she served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, Criminal and Civil Divisions.

In addition to her duties as secretary of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, Judge Anderson also serves as chair of the FMJA Bulletin/E-Communications Committee, and as a member of the FMJA Diversity Committee.  She is currently a member of the Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference, having been appointed by Chief Justice Roberts in 2010.

Judge Anderson is active in many legal, civic and community organizations and activities.  She is committed to mentoring students of various ages and backgrounds. She is a native Mississippian and a graduate of Holmes Community College and Jackson State University.  She received her law degree from Mississippi College School of 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.   

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. David C. Keesler  

David C. Keesler was sworn in as United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of North Carolina in May 2004.  Prior to going on the bench, Judge Keesler was a litigation partner at Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he practiced in the areas of white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation.  Before joining Moore & Van Allen, Judge Keesler served for over five and a half years as an Assistant United States Attorney, and for four years as an Assistant District Attorney.  
Judge Keesler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984, where he was a John Motley Morehead Scholar.  He earned his law degree in 1987 from the University of Virginia, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Law & Politics.  Following law school, Judge Keesler clerked for Justice Louis B. Meyer on the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Judge Keesler is a native of Charlotte.  He is active with the Mecklenburg County Bar, where he is a frequent CLE lecturer and has served on the Bar’s Diversity and Law Day Committees and as Judicial Liaison to the Board of Directors.  Judge Keesler has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Charlotte School of Law, where he has taught Professional Responsibility.  He is also active at Trinity Episcopal School, where he is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees.  Judge Keesler and his wife have two daughters.  He enjoys spending time with family, coaching youth soccer, playing tennis, and cheering for the UNC Tarheels.