A United States Magistrate Judge is a federal trial judge appointed to serve in a U.S. district court for a term of eight years. Federal magistrates are appointed by the life-tenured federal judges of a district court, who supervise the activities of the magistrate judges by assigning them civil cases for jury or non-jury trial upon consent of the parties. Magistrate judges are heavily involved in alternative dispute resolution and routinely hold settlement conferences in their chambers. Many criminal cases are also assigned to federal magistrate judges.
The Honorable Carol Sandra Moore Wells, Federal Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, will give a talk on the benefits of a clerkship with a federal magistrate judge. Her discussion will also include an overview of the work of magistrate judges, the daily responsibilities of her law clerks, the application process, and suggestions on how to prepare for and ace interviews.
Date: Monday, April 21
Place: Caddell Conference Room
Lunch will be served if you confirm attendance at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon, Thursday, April 17. All classes are welcome.
Judge Wells is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law ('85). From 1985 to 1987, she worked in private practice as an associate attorney with Pincus, Verlin, Hahn & Reich, P.C. From 1987 until 1996, Judge Wells worked for the City of Philadelphia as an Assistant City Solicitor, Deputy City Solicitor, and Senior Attorney. She was appointed as a Magistrate Judge in 1996, and reappointed in 2004.