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Court looks for new magistrate judge

The judges of the Eastern District are taking applications for the job of U.S. magistrate judge in Richmond.

The position is open now that former Magistrate Judge M. Hannah Lauck was appointed as a U.S. district judge effective June 10.

Applications must be submitted by July 18, according to a public notice issued by the district court.

An 11-member merit selection panel chaired by Richmond lawyer Howard C. Vick Jr. will review the applicants and recommend three or five persons considered best qualified.

The panel’s confidential recommendation to the district judges is expected by the end of August, according to court Clerk Fernando Galindo.

To qualify, applicants have to be licensed U.S. lawyers for at least five years, be less than 70 years old, and not related to a district judge.

In addition, a qualified candidate must be “competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of good moral character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness,” according to the court’s announcement.

The current salary is $183,172.

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