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Job Details

United States Magistrate Judge

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - Chicago, IL , United States

Job Description:

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is accepting applications for a full-time United States Magistrate Judge position in the Eastern Division, with the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse at Chicago, Illinois as the duty station. The deadline for the submission of completed applications is 5:00 p.m. on November 23, 2022. Filling this U.S. Magistrate Judge position is contingent upon approval of the Seventh Circuit Judicial Council and of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System. The candidate selected will be appointed only upon the successful completion of a Federal Bureau Investigation and Internal Revenue Service background check.


The duties of the position of a United States Magistrate Judge are demanding and wide-ranging. The responsibilities of a United States Magistrate Judge are set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 636, and include conducting most preliminary proceedings in federal criminal cases; the trial and disposition of federal misdemeanor cases, as well as civil cases upon consent of the litigants; and conducting various civil pretrial matters, including settlement conferences, discovery supervision, and other proceedings on referral from the district judges of the Court.


ELIGIBILITY: To be qualified for appointment as a United States Magistrate Judge, an applicant 
(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;1

(2) be competent to perform all of the duties of the office; be of good moral character,
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.


SALARY, RETIREMENT BENEFITS: The present annual salary of the position is 
$205,528. A United States Magistrate Judge who retires after attaining the age of 65 years and 
serving at least 14 years, whether continuously or not, shall be entitled to receive, during the 
remainder of the Magistrate Judge's lifetime, an annuity equal to the salary being received at the 
time the United States Magistrate Judge leaves office.2

APPLICATION & APPOINTMENT PROCESS: 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 at: U.S. 
Magistrate Judge Application.

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 of the person selected to 
fill the position, subject to a Federal Bureau of Investigation full-field investigation and Internal 
Revenue Service tax check. The Court makes efforts to give consideration to all qualified 
candidates, including women and members of minority or marginalized groups.

DEADLINE: The completed application, along with the required waiver forms in the U.S. District 
Court’s website (U.S. Magistrate Judge – Chicago Vacancy) must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on
November 23, 2022.

CONFIDENTIALITY: All applications will be kept confidential, except as necessary for the Merit 
Selection Panel to perform its duties, and all applications will be examined only by members of 
the Merit Selection Panel and the district judges of the District Court.


Pursuant to Section 1.01(b) of the Regulations of the Judicial Conference of the United States governing the appointment of Magistrate Judges, the Court may substitute certain other legal experience, e.g., experience as a judge, Magistrate Judge, attorney for federal or state agencies, up to two years experience as a law clerk, for the required period of "active practice of law."


See 28 U.S.C. § 377 for further information concerning the retirement of Magistrate Judges

Contact Information

Michael Serratore
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