Monday, May 6, 2013
District Court to Consider New Terms for Magistrates
By a MetNews Staff Writer
The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California announced Friday that it will consider reappointing two magistrate judges whose terms expire next year and solicited comment from the bar and public.
The jurists are Magistrate Judges Jacqueline Chooljian and Frederick Mumm. Chooljian’s current term ends Jan. 8 and Mumm’s April 2.
By statute, full-time magistrate judges are appointed by the district judges for renewable terms of eight years. If the court is considering a reappointment, it must appoint a panel of citizens to solicit and review public comments and to make a recommendation as to whether the judge merits another term.
The court said it has established email addresses for those who wish to comment: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The deadline for comments is June 2.
Chooljian was appointed in 2006. She graduated from UCLA in 1982 and from USC’s law school in 1986. She clerked for U.S. District Judge Alicemarie Stotler of the Central District before joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 1987 as a litigation associate.
In 1989, she left Gibson Dunn to become an assistant U.S. attorney, eventually becoming chief of the Criminal Division and special counsel. She remained with the office until her appointment as magistrate judge.
She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School and USC School of Law.
Mumm is a 1976 graduate of the University of Virginia. He graduated from law school at the College of William and Mary, also in Virginia, in 1979.
He worked at Walter, Finestone & Richter—current U.S. District Judge John F. Walter was a partner—before being named associate general counsel at CBS Broadcasting Inc. in 1993.
He became a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Los Angeles, where he worked until becoming a magistrate judge in 2006.
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