Federal Judgeships


The FBA historically has supported the authorization and establishment of additional permanent and temporary federal judgeships, including bankruptcy judgeships and support personnel, consistent with the recommendations of the Judicial Conference, the policy-making body of the federal judiciary.
The FBA on September 6, 2016 endorsed House and Senate bills, supported by the Federal Judiciary, that would permanently authorize nine judgeships in the following nine federal judicial districts: Alabama, Arizona, California Central, Florida Southern, Kansas, Missouri Eastern, New Mexico, North Carolina Western, and Texas Eastern. FBA announced support for the Temporary Judgeship Conversion Act of 2016, H.R. 5675 and S. 2314, that would convert temporary federal district court judgeships currently existing in those districts to permanent status. The bills are championed by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) with bipartisan cosponsor support.

Read the FBA letters of endorsement of H.R. 5675 and S. 2314.
(September 6, 2016)

Letter to Senate Regarding Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2010, H.R. 4506
FBA President Lawrence R. Baca communicates to the Senate Judiciary Committee the support of the Federal Bar Association for the creation or conversion of additional bankruptcy judgeships, as authorized by the Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2010, H.R. 4506. The legislation, approved by the House of Representatives on March 12, 2010, authorizes 13 new bankruptcy judgeships on a permanent basis, converts 22 temporarily authorized bankruptcy judgeships to permanent status, and extends the temporary authorization for 2 bankruptcy judgeships for another 5 years. These additional bankruptcy judgeships reflect the recommendations of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
(May 18, 2010)

Letter to Senate Regarding the Federal Judgeship Act of 2009
FBA President Lawrence R. Baca extends the FBA's Support for S. 1653, the Federal Judgeship Act of 2009.
(May 29 2009)

Endorsement of S. 2774, Federal Judgeship Act of 2008
Letter to Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Arlen Specter providing the endorsement of the Federal Bar Association of the Federal Judgeship Act of 2008 (S. 2774)
(May 10, 2008)

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