Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy


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 Western District of Missouri. The position is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. The vacancy will occur on January 31, 2013.

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, to 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. § 458, at the time of the initial appointment.

Application forms may be obtained on-line by accessing the Application link(s) below, 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 applicants willingness to serve if selected. Applications should be submitted to the address below and must be received by July 16, 2012.

Ms. Millie B. Adams, Circuit Executive
111 South 10th Street, Suite 26.325
St. Louis, Missouri 63102-1116

The U.S. Courts are equal opportunity employers.

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