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Bankruptcy Judgeship Opportunity

Release Date: 
October 5, 2023

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit invites applications from
qualified candidates for a 14-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern
District of New York, with a duty station in Poughkeepsie, New York. The selection process will be
confidential and competitive. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion,
sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability.

The current annual salary of a United States Bankruptcy Judge is $213,992.
The Second Circuit uses an open and competitive selection process. All applications are
screened by a Merit Selection Committee. The Committee will review applicants using the following
criteria: legal competence evidenced by experience with complex legal issues; an aptitude for legal
scholarship and writing; familiarity with the courts and court processes; commitment to equal justice
under the law; characteristics indicative of a sound judicial temperament; a reputation for integrity,
good character and ethical behavior; and physical and mental health sufficient to meet the demands
and tenure of the position. The Merit Selection Committee will select a limited number of applicants
for interview and will conduct appropriate due diligence inquiries into the candidates’ backgrounds
and qualifications. Upon a majority vote of the Second Circuit Judicial Council, the Council will
forward the Merit Selection Committee’s Report with any recommendations or comments to the
active judges of the Court of Appeals. The selected nominee will be required to satisfy FBI and IRS
background investigations prior to appointment.

Basic qualifications for consideration include:

  1. Membership in good standing of at least one state bar, the District of Columbia bar,
    or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar, and never other than membership in
    good standing of every bar of which the applicant has been a member; and
  2. A minimum of five years of legal practice experience.

Application forms are posted on the Court’s website at or
may be obtained by calling (212) 857-8700.

Completed application packages must be in the format required by the Second Circuit and
received no later than November 15, 2023.



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