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Roadways to the Federal Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy or Magistrate Judge?

The federal Judiciary, led by the Judicial Conference Committees on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System and the Magistrate Judges System, will hold the second iteration of its national diversity event for law students and lawyers, "Roadways to the Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy or Magistrate Judge?"

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The program will begin with a national presentation by federal judges, live-streamed from Washington, D.C. to other event locations, then proceed to in-person local roundtable sessions among law students, attorneys, and federal judges. Many locations will also hold open receptions following the roundtables. 

This page will be updated as more detailed information is available, including locations, registration information, and local event contacts. Information on the 2019 event is included below for reference. 

Diversity Matters

The “Roadways” event aims to further the judiciary’s goal of casting a wide net to attract the broadest possible pool of qualified applicants from which to select new bankruptcy and magistrate judges. This goal aligns with the Strategic Plan for the Federal Judiciary and specifically Issue 4, Strategy 4.1, and the Core Value of Diversity and Respect, which highlight diversity because it promotes public confidence that the judicial system is fair and objective.

2019 Event Information

Panelists speak during a diversity symposium for law students and lawyers.

The panelists talk during the 2019 event. 

The 2019 program informed law students and attorneys about federal judgeships with a spotlight on bankruptcy judgeships. The event featured a live broadcasted national panel discussion from Washington, DC, followed by local roundtable discussions in 19 cities around the United States with the federal bench, bar association members, and law students.

The panel discussion was moderated by Retired U.S. Appeals Judge Andre Davis, Fourth Circuit, and included:

  • U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Bailey, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert A. Gordon, District of Maryland

The panel discussed a wide range of topics, including bankruptcy practice, how to succeed as a bankruptcy judge, diversity statistics, why diversity is important, how to improve diversity, and what students and lawyers should do to enhance their chances of one day becoming a bankruptcy judge.

Please contact 202-502-1800 for more information.