The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a fulltime United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of California at Yosemite National Park, California. The essential function of courts is to dispense justice. An important component of this function is the creation and maintenance of diversity in the court system. A community’s belief that a court dispenses justice is heightened when the court reflects the community’s diversity.

  This position requires year-round residency in Yosemite Valley, which is a small, unique and relatively isolated community. The duties of the position are demanding and will include: (1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases that arise from matters occurring in Yosemite National Park; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) hearing of habeas corpus prisoner petitions and civil rights cases filed by prisoners; (4) hearing of Social Security cases; (5) trial and disposition of a limited assignment of civil cases upon consent of the litigants; and (6) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court. The basic authority of a United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636. Staff support for the position will include two full-time law clerks and one temporary full-time law clerk.

  To be qualified for appointment an applicant must:

(1)  Be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutes authorized);

(2)  Be competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of good moral character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness;

(3)  Be less than seventy (70) years old; and

(4)  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 to the district judges in confidence the five (5) persons it considers best qualified. The court will make the appointment, following an FBI full-field investigation and an IRS tax check of the applicant selected by the court for appointment. The individual selected must comply with the financial disclosure requirements pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, Pub. L. No. 95-521, 90 Stat. 1824 (1978) (codified at 5 U.S.C. app. 4§§ 101-111) as implemented by the Judicial Conference of the United States. An affirmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age (40 and over), gender, religion, national origin, or disability. The current annual salary of the position is $194,028 (2019 rate). The term of office is eight (8) years.

  To apply, submit a letter of interest, a chronological resume and a completed “Application for the Position of United States Magistrate Judge” form found on the "Careers" page of the court's internet website. Applications may only be submitted by applicants on their own behalf (i.e., the nomination of another person will not be accepted). The application packet must be received by no later than Friday, January 3, 2020 as a PDF file sent to email address:


  Incomplete packets and those submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

  To ensure impartiality, please do not have references contact the court or members of the Merit Selection Panel.

  All applications will be kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and all applications will be examined only by members of the merit selection panel and the judges of the district court. The panel’s deliberations will remain confidential.

  DATED:  November 18, 2019.