Congratulations on your recent appointment to the judiciary!  Your membership in and support of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association (FMJA) would really mean a lot to us and give us a real boost for the important work we do on behalf of all federal magistrate judges whether full-time, part-time, or retired.  We are pleased to report that 95% of active magistrate judges are members of the FMJA.

The FMJA has been successful in advancing the interests of its members by:

  • Sponsoring the annual legislative committee reception for congressional members in September.
  • Working in partnership with the Federal Judges Association and National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges to advance the interests of the judiciary in pay restoration.
  • Working to advance the interests of members of the FMJA in improved benefits.
  • Improving communication within the organization through the Association’s newsletter.
  • Advancing the scholarly work of FMJA members through the online Federal Courts Law Review (
  • Representing and advancing the interests of the membership at periodic Administrative Office Magistrate Judge Advisory Board meetings and at the annual meeting with the Chief Justice of the United States.
  • Advancing the membership’s opposition to the Sunshine in Litigation Act, which proposes that judges conduct an item-by-item review of documents sought to be protected by a protective order.

Please take a few moments now to become a new member of the FMJA.  If you have questions about FMJA membership, please feel free to contact Shari Bedker at  We thank you for your support of the organization, and we will continue to work hard to advance the interests of our membership.

Membership dues are paid on an annual basis and there is an option for full time judges to have their dues paid directly from their paychecks monthly  The dues are:

Full Time Magistrate Judges:  $240 per year ($20 per month if direct withdrawal)
Part Time Magistrate Judges: $120 per year (invoiced in December each year)
Retired/Recalled Judges:         $  35 per year (invoiced in December each year)