The Northern District of Illinois is accepting applications for a full-time United States Magistrate Judge position in the Eastern Division (Chicago). The deadline for applying is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18. The appointment will begin February 1, 2019.

To be qualified for appointment as a United States Magistrate Judge, 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, 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;
  2. be competent to perform all of 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 of age; and
  4. not be related to a judge of the district court.

Applicants must not seek interviews with or submit letters of reference to individual judges or members of the Merit Selection Panel. All applications must be submitted through the U.S. District Court’s application website. For more information click on the following link: U.S. Magistrate Judge Vacancy

A Merit Selection Panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review all applications and recommend to the judges of the Court in confidence, a list of the persons whom it considers best qualified. The Court will make the appointment following a Federal Bureau of Investigation full-field investigation and Internal Revenue Service tax check of the person selected to fill the position. An affirmative action effort will be made to give consideration to all qualified candidates, including women and members of minority groups.