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.

Ignacio Tirado- Chair

Shari Bedker
Benjamin Cheesbro
Allison Goddard
Sunil Harjani
Shiva Hodges
Robert Numbers
Susan Schwab

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

Helen Adams (Chair)
Caroline Gentry
Robert Numbers
Alice Senechal
Kayla McClusky




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

Nancy Joseph- Chair
Nicole Mitchell
David Keesler
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

Jacqueline Becerra
Hope Thai Cannon
Sara Cave
Charmaine Claxton
Gordon Gallagher
Derek Gilliland
Ron Hedges
Michael E. Hegarty
Stephen Jackson
Teresa James
Lauren Louis
John Love
Ruth Montenegro
Alistair Newbern
Michael Newman
Robert Numbers
Scott Oravec
Thomas M.Parker
Kelly Pate
Tu Pham
Alice Senechal
Christine Stetson
Daniel Stewart
Robert W. Trumble
Brenda Weksler
James Wicks

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.

Sunil Harjani – Co-Chair
Maria Audero- Co-Chair

Jerusha T. Adams
Linda Anderson
Deborah Barnes
Alan Baverman
Gwynn Birzer
Sonja Bivens
Celeste Bremer
Leo Brisbois
Therese Wiley Dancks
Lee Dunst
Mark Falk
Theresa Fricke
Barbara Holmes
Nancy Joseph
Peggie Kuo
Nadia Medrano
Janis van Meerveld

Thomas Parker
Diana Song Quiroga
Ramon Reyes
Jason Allen Robertson
Andy Schopler
Michael Seng
Julie Sneed
Karen Stevenson
Ignacio Torteya
Brian Tsuchida
Alicia Valle
Kate Vaughan
Joe Webster
Brenda Weksler
Kandis Westmore

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. Nicole Mitchel – President Nancy Joseph – President-Elect Shiva Hodges- Vice President Ignacio Torteya – Treasurer Helen Adams -Secretary Kristin Mix – Immediate Past Chair

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. 

Michael J. Frank – Editor-in-Chief
Mary Pat Thynge – Executive Editor
Richard A. Lanzillo – Articles Editor & First Circuit Representative

Circuit Editors:

John Anderson (4th)
Jennifer Boal (1st)
Jeffrey Gilbert (7th)
G. Michael Harvey (D.C.)
Teresa J. James (10th)
Gary R. Jones (11th)
Collin Lindsay (6th)
Jeremiah McCarthy (2nd)
David D. Noce (8th)
Christine A. Nowak (5th)
Karen Stevenson (9th)

At Large Editors: 

Robert Collings
William Garfinkel
Douglas E. Miller 
Katharine H. Parker
David T. Schultz


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.  

Joi Peake – Co-chair
Barbara McAuliffe – Co-chair

Deborah Barnes
Celeste Bremer
Debora Grasham
Shiva Hodges
Stephen Jackson
Bob Johnston
Stephen W. Smith


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
Deborah Smith – Co-chair
Suzanne Mitchell – Co-chair
Andy Schopler – Co-chair

Jan M. Adler
Helena Barch-Kuchta
Stacie Beckerman
Stanley A. Boone
Kathleen Burke
Donald Cabell
Regina Cannon
Wallace Capel
Sara Cave
Ben Cheesbro
Craig Denney
Cynthia Eddy
Laura Fashing
Mario Garcia
Caroline Gentry
Allison Goddard
Shiva Hodges
Stephen Jackson
Elizabeth Jenkins
Nancy Joseph
Elizabeth D. Laporte
Eric Markovich
Kendall Newman
Anthony Patti
Diana Song Quiroga
Hal Ray
Suzanne Segal
Ignacio Torteya

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.

Robert Numbers – Co-Chair
Joseph Perez-Montes-Co-Chair
Alan Baverman (former Chair)

Michael Berg
Hope Cannon
William Cassady
Robert B. Collings
John Conroy
Patricia L. Dodge
Thomas Ferraro
Michael Harvey
Barbara Holmes
Patricia Morris
Kendall Newman
Karen Roby
Diane Vescovo
Faruqui Zia

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
Kimberly Priest-Johnson – Chair Task Force 2
Mark Falk -Co-chair Task Force 3
Shiva Hodges – Co-chair Task Force 3

Stacie Beckerman
Gwynne Birzer
Stephanie Bowman
Celeste Bremer
Peter Bray
Hope Cannon
Stephen Dries
Robin Meriwether
Barbara McAuliffe
Karoline Mehalchik
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.

Kristin Mix-Chair
Deborah Smith
Linda Anderson
Douglas Arpert
Alan Baverman
Mark Falk
Karen Roby

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
Andrew Hallman
Heather Kennedy
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
Tom Mummert
Louisa Porter
Gudrun Rice

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

Doug Miller – Co-Chair
Katharine Parker – Co-Chair

Alan Baverman
Deborah Barnes
Jenny Boal
Stan Boone
Joe B. Brown
Marty Carlson
Ben Cheesbro
Annie Christoff
Donna Currault
Judith Dein
Patricia Dodge
Barbara D. Holmes
Philip Lammens
John Larkins
Barbara McAuliffe
Patricia Morris
Robert Numbers
Dave Peebles
Debra Poplin
Dave Sanders
Andy Schopler
Alice Senechal
Mary Pat Thynge
Robert W. Trumble
James Wicks

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

Donald Cabell – Chair
Helen Adams
Susan Bazis
Elizabeth Preston Deavers
Dena Hanovice Palermo
Autumn Speath
Robert W. Trumble

This committee provides support and encouragement to members.

Mike Aloi, Chair
Skip Arbuckle
David Bernthal
Sallie Kim
Peggy Kuo
Louisa Porter
Karen Scott
Christine Stetson
Nadia Medrano
Daniel Stewart

Judge Dena Palermo and Judge Bill Matthewman, Co-Chairs

The Title Committee 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, President Nicole Mitchell is working with the Committee to take some of our work to the next level. We are already working with the AO to correct mistitling in AO forms, at each district level, and on CM/ECF. We are asking our members to review their local forms, local rules, and local court website for any mistitling that requires correction. Each judge can work with their clerk’s office to have correction made or notify the Title Committee. 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 – Co-Chair
William Matthewman – Co-Chair
Jared Bennett
Stephanie Bowman
Brent Brennenstuhl
Matthew Brookman
Cheryl Eifert
Lois Goodman
Kathleen Kay
James Metcalf
Anthony Patti
Hank Perkin

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

Joe Brown
Holly Fitzsimmons
Caroline Gentry