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Monday, April 4, 2011


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Federal Prosecutor Michael R. Wilner Named Magistrate Judge


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Michael R. Wilner, previously an assistant U.S. attorney, was appointed Friday as a magistrate judge for the Central District of California.

The court said in a release that its judges had chosen Wilner to fill a vacancy created in May of last year by the retirement of Magistrate Judge Carolyn Turchin. Wilner will sit in Los Angeles in the Court’s Western Division.

Prior to his appointment as a magistrate judge, Wilner served as deputy chief in the Major Frauds Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he served as a civil enforcement attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2002, and was appointed as a special assistant U.S. attorney in 2000.

He was a litigation associate at Proskauer Rose LLP in Century City from 1991 to 1994.

Wilner graduated from Dartmouth College in 1988, and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1991, graduating with

honors. While in law school, he served as a summer law clerk for Senior U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in 1989.

The Central District of California has 24 authorized full-time and one part-time magistrate judge positions. The duties of magistrate judges include conducting preliminary proceedings in criminal cases, the trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases, conducting discovery and various other pretrial hearings in civil cases, the trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants, and other matters as may be assigned.

Full-time magistrate judges are appointed for eight-year terms and are eligible for reappointment.


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