August 12, 2022

 Hello Friends and Colleagues!  I am excited and honored to take on the role as your FMJA President this year.  I hope to fill the shoes of the outstanding Presidents who come before me—including our Immediate Past President, Kris Mix. The pandemic took a toll on many of us, but I am incredibly grateful that I got to see many of you at our annual convention in Salt Lake City a few weeks ago.  After a three-year break, what a joyful experience to see you again in person.

As I mentioned at the meeting, one of my goals as your President is to make sure that you know what this organization is doing for you and for others.  Our Executive Committee is here to serve our membership, so if we can help you in any way, please reach out.  As a reminder, Nancy Joseph (D. Wisconsin) is our President-Elect, Shiva Hodges (D. South Carolina) is our Vice President, Ignacio Torteya (S.D. Texas) is our Treasurer, and Helen Adams (D. Iowa) is our Secretary.  In addition, our Executive Director, Shari Bedker,  works tirelessly to keep the FMJA thriving, and she is such a resource for any of our members. 

As we start another year as an organization, I want you to know that both your dues and your gift of time have an impact.  Whether we are providing opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to partner with a Magistrate Judge for an internship, or putting judges in classrooms via our civic outreach efforts, or partnering with wonderful organizations like Lawyers Without Borders to make a worldwide impact, or advocating for the needs and concerns of Magistrate Judges—you are making a difference through your time and your dues in this organization.  We could not do any of it without you.

You are the heart of the FMJA.  I encourage you to find a place to plug in with the organization.  You will not regret it.  If you are not sure where or how, please reach out to me and let’s talk.  This is YOUR organization, and I want you to experience it to the fullest. 

I look forward to a year where we get to reunite for conferences, and where we get to get back into the classrooms and courtrooms.  Thank you all for the opportunity to lead this great organization.  I look forward to serving as your President.