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Announcement PUBLIC NOTICE for Appointment of New Magistrate Judge The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the positive criminal motions such as motions to dismiss or to suppress appointment of a full-time United States magistrate judge for the evidence; and Northern District of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. (10) conducting preliminary reviews and making recommenda- The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging. tions regarding the disposition of prisoner civil rights complaints The basic authority of a United States magistrate judge is specified and habeas corpus petitions. Conducting such evidentiary proceed- in 28 U.S.C. § 636. The duties of a magistrate judge in the Northern ings as may be required in prisoner and habeas corpus actions. District of Alabama include the following: To be qualified for appointment an applicant must (1) the trial and disposition of virtually all categories of civil (1) Be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good actions with consent of the parties in accord with 28 U.S.C. § 636(c); standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Co- (2) the trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; lumbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, (3) pursuant to the court’s General Orders of Reference, pre- the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin siding over all aspects of civil cases, through the entry of a recom- Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active mendation for final disposition under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b); practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substi- tutes authorized); (4) ruling on various pretrial matters and holding evidentiary proceedings on references from the district court judges made in (2) Be competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of addition to the general orders, including discovery issues and other good moral character; be committed to equal justice under the law; non-dispositive motions; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and deci- siveness; (5) conducting settlement conference or mediation in civil ac- tions by reference; (3) Be less than seventy years old; and (6) perform such other duties as set out in LR 72.1 through (4) Not be related to a judge of the district court. 73.2, Rules of the Northern District of Alabama and the court’s A merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other mem- General Orders of Reference; bers of the community will review all applicants and recommend to (7) conducting preliminary proceedings in felony criminal the district judges in confidence the five persons it considers best cases, including initial appearances, bond/detention hearings, and qualified. The court will make the appointment following an FBI arraignments; full-field investigation and an IRS tax check of the applicant select- ed by the court for appointment. An affirmative effort will be made (8) issuing warrants of arrest, search warrants and warrants in to give due consideration to all qualified applicants without regard administrative actions; to race, color, age (40 and over), gender, religion, national origin, or (9) ruling on all non-dispositive motions in felony criminal disability. The current annual salary of the position is $160,080.00. cases or entering findings and recommendations with respect to dis- The term of office is eight years. The application form is available on the court’s Internet website at http://www.alnd.uscourts.gov. The applications should be mailed to: Sharon Harris Clerk of Court Northern District of Alabama 1729 Fifth Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203. Applications must be submitted only by applicants personally and must be received by January 31, 2013. 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. Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Winter 2012 33


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