Hon. Michael J. Newman, President


The Hon. Michael J. Newman is a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of Ohio.

Judge Newman’s longstanding commitment to the FBA includes service as president of both the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and Dayton chapters, two terms as a Sixth Circuit Vice President, and election—to the national Board of Directors, as Treasurer, and as President-Elect. During his tenure as chapter president, Dayton was named a Chapter of the Year and received the Shaw Public Service Award for its outreach to younger lawyers. He was given a presidential appointment to chair the FBA’s Task Force on Elections for two successive years. For more than ten years, he served on the Editorial Board of The Federal Lawyer and as Judicial Profiles Editor. Judge Newman is a prolific author; while in private practice, he co-wrote the monthly Labor & Employment Law column in The Federal Lawyer for several years. He also co-edited The Bench-Bar Handbook for the Southern District of Ohio, published by the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter. At the request of President Gelpí, he chaired the FBA’s Magistrate Judge Task Force, which was responsible for the special issue of The Federal Lawyer devoted to Magistrate Judges and the FBA’s white paper on the history and role of Magistrate Judges. He wrote the introductions to both, and was recognized thereafter by the Federal Magistrate Judges Association for “valuable and dedicated service to all Magistrate Judges.” In 2014, he chaired the national high school civics essay contest, What a Fair and Impartial Federal Judiciary Means to Me and to the United States, sponsored by the FBA and the Federal Judges Association. For many years, Judge Newman served on the National Council.

His other FBA activities include service on the Chapter Activity Fund Committee; co-chair of the Conference Leadership Training & Agenda Committee; and co-chair of the Professional Ethics Committee. Judge Newman’s longstanding commitment to diversity within the bar includes service as Secretary of the Roundtable, a joint effort by the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Black Lawyer’s Association of Cincinnati. He was honored by the Summer Work Experience in Law (“SWEL”) and serves on the statewide board of directors of the Law & Leadership Institute (“LLI”), two Ohio-based programs to encourage minority high school students to attend law school. In 2015, he co-chaired the FBA’s Diversity Task Force charged with drafting the FBA’s diversity statement.

As FBA president, Judge Newman will be focusing on two initiatives: civics and service to others. First, the FBA will be assisting and encouraging federal judges to interact with students in and out of the courtroom, among other civics and community service efforts. Second, the FBA will be expanding the existing SOLACE program to a national audience, thereby assisting those in the legal community throughout the country with dire needs.

Judge Newman was honored by the FBA on three occasions: in 2007, he was given an Outstanding Service and Recognition Award for leadership within the Sixth Circuit and nationwide; in 2010, he was humbled to be awarded the Elaine R. “Boots” Fisher national Public Service Award “in recognition of exemplary community, public, and charitable service”; and, in 2014, he received a President’s Award for “leadership [and] extraordinary service, commitment and guidance.” He is a Life Fellow of the FBA Foundation.

Judge Newman and his wife, Rachel, are the proud parents of triplet daughters, now in elementary school.