Works with the FMJA Executive Director to organize the Annual Convention held every summer in conjunction with the Federal Judicial Center. 

Dustin Pead
Cecilia Romero
Shari Bedker

Provides oversight and advice on all financial aspects of the FMJA, including, but not limited to, investment policy, monthly financial statement review, yearly taxes, and budget.

Nancy Joseph – Chair

Shari Bedker
Allison Goddard
Sunil Harjani
K. Nicole Mitchell
Kristen Mix
Robert Numbers
Susan Schwab
Deborah Smith

Oversees publication, revision and maintenance of the Quarterly Bulletin as well as provide communications to FMJA membership on relevant topics.

Jennifer Thurston – Chair
Helen Adams
Sarah Merriam
Robert Numbers 
Dena Palermo 

Provides periodic review of the current by-laws and recommend updates/edits to the Board for consideration.

David Keesler – Chair
Linda Anderson 
Kristen Mix
Ramon Reyes

Provides resources to the community, including schools on the U.S. Judicial System in conjunction with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and FMJA. Provides resources to U.S. Magistrate Judges who are interested in educating their local communities.

 Kimberly Priest-Johnson – Co-chair
Omar Aboulhosn – Co-chair

Hope Thai Cannon
Sara Cave
Charmaine Claxton
Gordon Gallagher
Allison Goddard
Ron Hedges
Michael E. Hegarty
Stephen Jackson
Teresa James
John Love
Ruth Montenegro
Alistair Newbern
Michael Newman
Robert Numbers
Scott Oravec
Thomas M. Parker
Jolie Russo
Alice Senechal
Robert W. Trumble
Brenda Weksler
Karen Williams

Promotes and educates on the importance of diversity on the bench to the judiciary, bar and community.  The committee also reviews and recommends nominees for the Diversity Award to the Executive Committee.  Other activities of the committee have included a video project of interviews of diverse magistrate judges, panels of diverse magistrate judges addressing the bar on their path to the bench, and Robes in the Schools.

Shaniek Maynard – Co-Chair
Ignacio Torteya – Co-Chair

Omar Aboulhosn
Maria Audero
Justin Anand
Linda Anderson
Alan Baverman
Gwynn Birzer
Sonja Bivens
Celeste Bremer
Leo Brisbois
Sanket Bulsara
Sara Cave
S. Kato Crews
Therese Wiley Dancks
Mark Falk
Theresa Fricke
Sunil Harjani
Patricia Harris
Barbara Holmes
Nancy Joseph
John Love
Robin Meriweather
Ruth Montenegro
Nan Nolan
Thomas Parker
Diana Song Quiroga
Ramon Reyes
Andy Shopler
Michael Seng
Deborah M. Smith
Julie Sneed
Karen Stevenson
Brian Tsuchida
Alicia Valle
Nina Wang
Joe Webster
Brenda Weksler
Kandis Westmor

As established by the bylaws, this committee includes the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate past President of the FMJA. The Executive Committee oversees all decision-making regarding matters pertaining to the organization and its operation.

Deborah Smith – Chair 
Kristen Mix 
Nicole Mitchell
Linda Anderson
Shiva Hodges
Mark Falk

Edits and publishes the Federal Courts Law Review, which was founded in 1997.  The editorial board, composed of U.S. Magistrate Judges and law school professors, uniquely combines the insight of the federal judiciary with the perspective of law school academics. 

David Sanders – Editor-in-Chief
Mary Pat Thynge – Executive Editor
John Rich – Articles Editor & First Circuit Representative

Circuit Editors:

John Anderson
Jeffrey Gilbert
Collin Lindsay
Jeremiah McArthy
David D. Noce
Christine A. Nowak
James P. O’Hara
John H. Rich
Mary Pat Thynge

At Large Editors: 

Robert Collings
William Garfinkel
Douglas E. Miller 
Katharine H. Parker
Karen Stevenson


Valerie Couch
Joel Friedman
Ira Robbins
Thomas D. Rowe, Jr.

Technical Consultant:

Andy Johnson-Laird


John Facciola

The History and Archives Committee preserves information and artifacts about the FMJA and its members. At the Annual Meeting, it presents memorials, in the form of an In Memoriam bulletin, about Magistrate Judges who have passed away and distributes and presents resolutions to each Magistrate Judge’s family. The Committee prepares a Trivia Quiz for occasional inclusion in the newsletter or website and presentation at the Annual Meeting dinner as a way to foster collegiality and encourage membership in FMJA.  The Committee preserves any archival material forwarded to it by members 

(primarily by sending it on to the Executive Director). The Committee obtains oral histories of FMJA members or those who have shaped the MJ system by collecting existing interviews and by video recording at the Annual Meeting and through other virtual platforms. Since 2018, the Committee has prepared short bios of new FMJA members to share at the MJ Summer workshop and Annual meeting to welcome them and provide points of common interest to encourage dialogue.  

Shiva Hodges – Chair
Celeste Bremer
Stephen Jackson
Barbara McAuliffe
Joi Peake

Organizes a bi-annual trip to an international location to explore and experience different parts of the world. Typically includes visits to Courts for exchange of best practices and ideas.

James M. Hopkins – Co-chair
Leslie Bowman – Co-chair
Suzanne Mitchell – Co-chair
Andy Schopler – Co-chair

Jan M. Adler 
Stanley A. Boone
Donald Cabell
Wallace Capel
Sara Cave
Laura Fashing
Gordon Gallagher
Stephen Jackson
Elizabeth Jenkins
Nancy Joseph
Elizabeth D. Laporte
Frank Mass
Kendall Newman
Louisa Porter
Steven Rau
Hal Ray
Suzanne Segal
Elizabeth Timothy
Edwin G. Torres
Ignacio Torteya
Nina Wang

Monitors legislation that affects members of the judiciary, particularly U.S. Magistrate Judges.  Works in conjunction with sister organizations, Federal Judges Association and National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Alan Baverman – Co-Chair
Thomas Ferraro-Co-Chair

Michael Berg
Kathleen Burke
Hope Cannon
William Cassady
Robert B. Collings
John Conroy
Patricia L. Dodge
Patrick Hanna
Michael Harvey
Barbara Holmes
Barry Kurren
Patricia Morris
Kendall Newman
Robert Numbers
Joseph Perez-Montes
Karen Roby
Timothy Sullivan
Diane Vescovo

The MJSTAR Committee was formed in late 2020 for the purpose of addressing issues relating to the use of MJSTAR to assess Magistrate Judge workloads in all judicial districts, in light of the emphasis on MJSTAR data in decision-making by the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judge System.

Kristen Mix – Chair
Karoline Mehalchik-Chair Task Force 1
Kimberly Priest-Johnson – Chair Task Force 2
Mark Falk -Co-chair Task Force 3
Shiva Hodges – Co-chair Task Force 3

Stacie Beckerman
Stephanie Bowman
Celeste Bremer
Hope Cannon
Stephen Dries
Robin Meriwether
Nicole Mitchell
Suzanne Mitchell
Michelle Peterson
Irma Ramirez
Amanda Arnold Sansone
Pamela Sargent
Matt Stinnett
Mary Alice Theiler
Jennifer Thurston
Cynthia Wyrick

Chaired by the Immediate Past President, the committee solicits interest in serving as an officer, primarily as Secretary. Confirms and recommends that the remainder of the Officers each year are willing and able to continue.

Mark Falk – Chair
Linda Anderson
Douglas Arpert
Alan Baverman
Colin LIndsay
Ramon Reyes
Karen Strombom
Leda Wettre

Provides resources to part-time U.S. Magistrate Judges as well as information to the Board about any concerns/questions specifically related to part-time U.S. Magistrate Judges.

Gordon Gallagher – Chair
Anthony R. Mautone
Scott Oravec

Provides resources to retired/recalled U.S. Magistrate Judges as well as information to the Board about any concerns/questions specifically related to retired/recalled U.S. Magistrate judges.

Holly Fitzsimmons – Chair

Faith M. Angell
David Bernthal
Joe Brown
William Cassady
Paul J. Cleary
Gerald Cohn
James England
Aaron E. Goodstein
Ronald J. Hedges
John Jelderks
Frank Maas
Tommy Miller
Tom Mummert
Louisa Porter
Gudrun Rice
Joel Schneider

Evaluates and reports on Rules affecting U.S. Magistrate Judges proposed by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Jennifer Boal – Co-Chair
Doug Miller – Co-Chair

Alan Baverman
Stan Boone
Joe B. Brown
Marty Carlson
Judith Dein
Steven Gold
Barbara D. Holmes
Philip Lammens
John Larkins
Sarah Merriam
Patricia Morris
Katharine Parker
Dave Peebles
Dave Sanders
Andy Schopler
Alice Senechal
Nita Stormes
Robert W. Trumble
Mary Pat Thynge

Provides information regarding safety and security for U.S. Magistrate Judges, their families and staff, whether it be physical or electronic safety.

Douglas Arpert – Chair
Helen Adams
Elizabeth Preston Deavers
Dena Hanovice Palermo
Robert W. Trumble

This committee provides support and encouragement to members.

Louisa Porter, Chair
Mike Aloi
David Bernthal

Provides information to the community about the proper use of the title of U.S. Magistrate Judge, including contacting the press, local bar associations, websites, and others who use the incorrect title. This year, the Committee will be updating the Wikipedia page for the Magistrate Judges that provides an overview of our job description to reflect our position in the district courts more accurately. In addition, we are looking into updating the pages for each U.S. District Court to list the names and dates of service for the current Magistrate Judges. We also plan to work with the AO to correct mistitling in AO forms and on CM/ECF. We also ask our members to inform the Committee of any mistitling that requires correction. Finally, we encourage our members to write articles regarding the U.S. Magistrate Judge position for publication in the FMJA Bulletin or other periodicals.

Dena Palermo – Chair
Matthew Brookman
Cheryl Eifert
Lois Goodman
G. Michael Harvey
Kathleen Kay
William Matthewman
James Metcalf
Anthony Patti
Dustin Pead

Reviews website with suggestions for edits and additional material to help keep it current.

Joe Brown
Holly Fitzsimmons