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Applications Sought for Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative Position

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Federal Bar Association is accepting applications for a Lawyer Representative position from the Eastern District of Washington to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Lawyer Representatives are appointed by the Judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. The term of appointment is typically three years. Past Lawyer Representatives have found this to be a very rewarding and fulfilling professional experience. Any attorney admitted to practice in this District is encouraged to apply.

During their term of service, Lawyer Representatives attend the annual Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, held in the summer of each year. They are eligible to participate in various Ninth Circuit and District Court liaison activities and committees. In their third year, they usually serve on the Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee (LRCC) for the Circuit and they participate in at least two additional meetings outside the District such as the Conference Executive Committee, Chief District Judges Annual Meeting, or the Chief Bankruptcy Judges Annual meeting. This link provides more information about the role of a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative: http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/lawyer_reps. ; Expenses, such as travel, are partially reimbursed per the Court's policy which may be reviewed at http://www.waed.uscourts.gov/content/lawyer-representative-reimbursement-policy.

Locally, Lawyer Representatives serve as voting members of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Washington's Board ("FBA") and help in the planning and implementing of various FBA-sponsored activities.

There are five lawyer representative positions for the Eastern District of Washington, each serving staggered terms. Geographic diversity is encouraged with at least one position being filled from outside the Spokane area (e.g. Walla Walla, Tri-Cities, Wenatchee, Yakima, Moses Lake, Pullman, or Colville areas). The Court also desires to balance the selection between those with Civil, Criminal, and Bankruptcy practices.

Letters of application should be submitted no later than Friday, February 19, 2016 to:

Brendan V. Monahan, FBA President
120 N. Naches Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902

Or via email at: monahan@stokeslaw.com

Your letter should include background information about yourself, your thoughts regarding improving the administration of justice within the District and the Circuit, as well as your ability to commit the time necessary to fulfill the duties of appointment. Applications will be screened, and appointments will be made by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. Successful applicants will be notified by the Court.