Attention all lawyers with at least five years of experience who are looking for a demanding full-time job that pays $185,012 annually for eight years.
The Baton Rouge-based U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana is looking for a new magistrate judge to replace the retiring Stephen Riedlinger.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 20.
Michael McConnell, clerk of court for U.S. District Court, confirmed Friday that Riedlinger is retiring at year’s end. Riedlinger has been a magistrate judge since his initial appointment in 1986. He was reappointed to a fourth term in 2010.
The Middle District has four federal district judges — Chief Judge Brian Jackson and Judges James Brady, Shelly Dick and John deGravelles — and two magistrate judges. The other magistrate is Richard Bourgeois Jr., who was appointed in 2013.
A public notice posted to the court’s website says a magistrate judge’s duties are “demanding and wide-ranging.” They include conducting most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; trying and disposing of misdemeanor cases; conducting various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings at the direction of a district judge; and trying and disposing of civil cases with the consent of the litigants.
In addition to the required legal experience, applicants must be competent, of good moral character, emotionally stable and mature, committed to equal justice under the law, patient and courteous, in good health, and capable of deliberation and decisiveness, the public notice states.
Applicants must be younger than 70 and not be related to a judge of the District Court.
A merit selection panel of attorneys and other community members will review all applications and recommend to the district judges the five people it considers best qualified.
The court will make the appointment following an FBI investigation and Internal Revenue Service tax check of the applicant selected by the court.
Application forms are available at www.lamd.uscourts.gov/employment.