Magistrate Judge Robert M. Illman

Eureka Courthouse
3140 Boeing Ave
McKinleyville, CA 95519

Judge Illman regularly presides over cases in both Eureka and the Bay Area.

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Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Criminal Law & Motion Mondays 1:00 p.m.
Civil Law and Motion Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.
Civil Status and Case Management Conferences Tuesdays 2:00 p.m.
Civil Pre-Trial Conferences Tuesdays 2:30 p.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom Deputy Gloria Knudson 707-445-3612
Civil Case Docketing Mark Romyn 415-522-2009
Criminal Case Docketing

Case terminal digits 1-3: Desirae Kellenbach 415-522-2076
Case terminal digits 4-6: Lori Murray 415-522-2093
Case terminal digits 7-9: Mark Jenkins 415-522-2042
Case terminal digit 0: Theresa Hoang 415-522-2074
Email for Proposed Orders:
Email for PDF Follow-Ups: (Civil) (Criminal)

About Magistrate Judge Robert M. Illman

Magistrate Judge Robert M. Illman was appointed to the bench in 2017.

Immediately before taking the bench, Magistrate Judge Illman served as Law Clerk to Magistrate Judge Vadas from 2014-17. Prior to his service in the Northern District, he spent 7 years as a career law clerk to Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama in Montgomery, Alabama. Following law school, Magistrate Judge Illman practiced law for four years in Montgomery as an assistant Federal Public Defender, representing indigent clients in the federal district and appellate courts. Magistrate Judge Illman graduated from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia and from the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

In addition to his work at the United States District Court, Magistrate Judge Illman and his family are involved in civic and charitable activities in and around their community in Arcata, California, such as coaching youth sports and raising funds for the local public school library.

All new civil and criminal actions arising in the counties of Del Norte, Lake, Humboldt and Mendocino are assigned directly to Judge Illman, subject to consent under 28 USC § 636(c)(1). Magistrate Judge Illman can hold case management conferences and hear many types of motions by video-conference if parties prefer to appear in San Francisco rather than travel to Eureka. In addition, parties can schedule dispositive motions to be heard on days when Magistrate Judge Illman is in San Francisco.