Merit Selection Panel (MSP) Member

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Job Specifications
Los Angeles
Opening Date: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Closing Date: 
September 8, 2023
Number of Positions: 
Two or More
Position Overview: 

The United States District Court, Central District of California, is currently accepting applications from qualified attorneys interested in serving on the Central District of California’s Merit Selection Panel (MSP).  Successful candidates will serve a three-year term which is renewable for one consecutive reappointment.  Travel expenses directly related to MSP duties may be reimbursed.  MSP members play a vital role in supporting the Court’s commitment to maintaining a magistrate judge bench consisting of a competent and diverse cadre of judges of high moral character.  The MSP’s primary functions include the following:

  1. Evaluate and recommend to the United States District Judges the best qualified applicants for appointment to the position of United States Magistrate Judge.
  1. Evaluate and recommend to the United States District Judges whether an incumbent Magistrate Judge whose term is expiring should be reappointed to a new term of office.


Job Requirements: 

A qualified applicant is either a resident of the Central District of California or, if a non-resident, have significant ties to the community within the district.  A qualified applicant must also be licensed to practice law.  No active, senior or recalled federal judges, or retired Article III judges, or other district court officers or employees may be members of the merit selection panel.


Information for Applicants: 

Interested persons should email their resume along with a completed Merit Selection Panel Application to:, no later than the closing of business on the closing date.

The application is listed as Merit Selection Panel Application under the “Attorneys” tab found on the Court’s website at:

Due to the volume of applications received, the Court will communicate only with those individuals who will be considered for a position on the Merit Selection Panel.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement at any time without notice.


The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer