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Magistrate Judge Vacancy (District Court)

Release Date: 
May 3, 2021

Magistrate Judge Vacancy (PDF)






The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York is accepting applications for two full-time Magistrate Judges at New York, NY.  The duties of the position are demanding and wide ranging and will include: (1) conduct of preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters, including settlement proceedings, and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court; (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants; (5) inquests and reports and recommendations on dispositive motions on reference from the judges of the district court; and (6) assignment of additional duties not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States.

The basic jurisdiction of the United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C., Section 636. To be qualified for appointment, an applicant must: (a) be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands for at least five years; (b) have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutions authorized); (c) be competent to perform all the duties of the office, of good moral character, emotionally stable and mature, committed to equal justice under the law, in good health, patient and courteous, and capable of deliberation and decisiveness; (d) be less than 70 years old; and (e) not be related to a judge of the district court.

A Merit Selection Panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review all applications and recommend in confidence to the judges of the district court the six persons whom it considers best qualified. The Court will make the appointment following an FBI and IRS investigation of the appointee. The Court is interested in a diverse applicant pool and encourages all qualified candidates to submit their applications, including women and members of minority groups. The current salary of the position is $201,112 per annum (**effective 1/1/2021).

Candidates should submit applications to:
Edward A. Friedland
District Court Executive
United States Courthouse
500 Pearl Street, Room 820
New York, NY 10007-1312 Tel: 212-805-0500

An original plus fifteen (15) copies of a cover letter, resume and application must be received by  July 30, 2021.  Application forms are available on the Court’s web site:  
(Multiple vacancies may be filled from this posting.)
If you applied to the Magistrate Judge posting dated 1/19/21, your application will be considered for both vacancies and you do not need to reapply.

Application for Position of

United States Magistrate Judge - Foley Square, New York

In addition to your resume, please provide the following information on a separate sheet as necessary:
I.    Describe representative federal cases for at least the last five years with which you have been involved in terms of:
A.    civil or criminal, title and judge assigned;
B.    subject matter (e.g., securities, antitrust, personal injury);
C.    particular matter litigated (e.g., trial, appeal, discovery issues, motions to dismiss or for summary judgment, etc.);
D.    your role (e.g., if case was tried, were you lead counsel?  If not, did you examine or cross-examine any witnesses?  How long was the trial?  Was case tried to verdict?  Did you argue motions or evidentiary points, etc.?  If case was not tried, did you argue motions?  If so, describe.  If case was appealed, did you argue the appeal?)
II.    If the federal cases in which you have participated do not provide a representative sample of your work, supply the same information with respect to state court cases or administrative matters.
III.    List your opposing counsel in the cases described above with addresses and phone numbers.
         * * * If the answer to any of the following questions is yes, please give particulars. * * *
IV.    Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
V.    Have you ever been sued?
VI.    Have you ever failed to file federal or state income tax returns?
VII.    Are you now or have you ever been delinquent in the payment of taxes?
VIII.    Have you ever been the subject of a contempt proceeding?
IX.    Have you ever been the subject of Rule 11 sanctions?
X.    Have you ever been the subject of a Bar disciplinary proceeding?
XI.    Have you ever been investigated by any court-appointed person or committee with respect to any question of ethics?

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Edward A. Friedland
District Court Executive
U.S. Courthouse, Room 820
500 Pearl Street
New York, NY  10007-1312