The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit seeks applications from highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Iowa. The position is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to handling cases in that district, the successful applicant will be expected to handle a percentage of cases in the Northern District of Iowa should a vacancy occur in that district and should the Eighth Circuit Judicial Council decide not to fill that vacancy.

The basic jurisdiction of a United States Bankruptcy Judge is specified in Titles 11 and 28, United States Code, and amendments thereto. To be qualified for appointment, an applicant must

(1) Be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of at least one state, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and a member in good standing of any other bar of which they are members.

(2) Have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (some substitutes authorized);

(3) Possess, and have a reputation for, integrity and good character; possess, and have demonstrated, a commitment to equal justice under the law; possess, and have demonstrated, outstanding legal ability and competence; be of sound mental and physical health sufficient to perform the essential duties of the office; and indicate by demeanor, character, and personality that the applicant would exhibit judicial temperament if appointed; and

(4) Not be related by blood or marriage to a judge of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, a member of the Eighth Circuit Judicial Council, or to a judge of the district court to be served, within the degrees specified in 28 U.S.C. ยง 458, at the time of the initial appointment.

A Merit Selection Panel will review all applications and recommend to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, in confidence, persons considered to be best qualified. Appointment follows an FBI and IRS investigation of the candidate chosen by the Court of Appeals. The current annual salary is $155, 756. Applicants shall be considered without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin or disability.

Application forms may be obtained on line or in hard copy from the Clerks of the U.S. District Courts in Iowa; the Clerks of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Iowa; and from the Circuit Executive's Office in St. Louis, Missouri by e-mail at or by phone 314-244-2600. Applications should be submitted only by the applicant personally and should indicate the applicant's willingness to serve if selected. Applications should be submitted to Ms. Millie B. Adams, Circuit Executive, 111 South 10th Street, Suite 26.325, St. Louis, Missouri 63102- 1116, and must be received by January 30, 2009. The U.S. Courts are equal opportunity employers.

Instructions Merit Selection Panel Questionnaire for Persons Being Considered for Position of Bankruptcy Judge in the Eighth Circuit

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