Appointment of United States Magistrate Judge Atlanta, Georgia

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, is accepting applications for a new magistrate judge to succeed retiring Magistrate Judge Alan J. Baverman, beginning April 4, 2022. The basic authority of a United States magistrate judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636. 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 racial, ethnic, and gender diversity.

The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging:

  1. Trying and disposing of virtually all categories of civil actions with the consent of the parties in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(c);
  2. Presiding over all aspects of civil cases referred to magistrate judges under the court’s standing orders through the entry of a recommendation for final disposition under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b);
  3. Ruling on various pretrial matters and holding evidentiary proceedings on references from the district court judges made in addition to the standing orders, including discovery issues and other non-dispositive motions;
  4. Conducting settlement conferences or mediation in civil actions by reference;
  5. Conducting preliminary proceedings in felony criminal cases, including initial appearances, bond/detention hearings, and arraignments;
  6. Issuing arrest warrants, search warrants, and warrants in administrative actions;
  7. Ruling on all non-dispositive motions in felony criminal cases and entering findings and recommendations as to dispositive criminal motions, such as motions to dismiss or to suppress evidence;
  8. Conducting preliminary reviews and making recommendations regarding the disposition of prisoner civil rights complaints and habeas corpus petitions;
  9. Conducting evidentiary proceedings in prisoner and habeas corpus actions; and
  10. Performing other duties as set out in the Local Rules of the Northern District of Georgia.

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 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 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 $201,112. The term of office is eight years.

The application form is available on the court’s website at: The form also is available through the court’s Human Resources Office, Room 2013 (20th Floor), U.S. Courthouse, 75 Ted Turner Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Applications must be submitted only by applicants personally and must be received by 4:45 PM on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

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.