Roadways to the Bench: Who, Me? A Bankruptcy or Magistrate Judge?

On April 3, 2023, the federal judiciary will hold its second annual Nationwide Diversity Program, with a particular focus on expanding the pipeline of potential bankruptcy and magistrate judges, entitled Roadways to the Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy or Magistrate Judge?” The program is designed to further the goal of casting a wide net to attract the broadest possible pool of qualified applicants to serve as federal judges.    The first Roadways to the Bench event, held simultaneously in 19 cities and 16 states across the country, focused primarily (but not exclusively) on the bankruptcy bench.  By all accounts, it was a resounding success: 10 lawyers who attended that event are now judges!  

This year, the Roadways event is being expanded to 38 cities in 27 states and territories.  The program will begin with a live-streamed panel discussion in Washington, D.C., which will address the multitude of different pathways to the federal bench.  Next, there will be one to one-and-a-half-hour roundtable discussions in each city, with federal judges, attorneys, and law students, discussing pathways to the federal bench and other topics related to being a judge.  There will be two Roadways events in New York – Syracuse and New York.  The Syracuse event will be held in Dineen Hall at the Syracuse University College of Law and will include a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception for all attendees.

The Syracuse program is very timely this year as the Northern District of New York will soon have an opening for a Magistrate Judge and will begin accepting application in the coming months.

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