Ninth Circuit Announces Bankruptcy Judgeship Vacancies In Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona

Deadline October 17, 2013:

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit invites applications from highly qualified candidates for two (2) Bankruptcy Judgeships for the District of Arizona. These positions will be available in June and September, 2014, respectively. Please be aware that the selection process may take up to 10 months to complete. The official duty stations for these positions are in Phoenix and Tucson. The appointees, however, may be required to hold regular calendars anywhere in the District, as needed.

The term of office is 14 years with a possible renewal appointment subject to applicable reappointment procedures. The current salary is $160,080 per annum. No relocation expenses are payable.

The Court of Appeals uses an open and competitive selection process. All applications are screened by a local Merit Screening Committee, which selects a limited number of applicants for interview. The committee also contacts references of the interviewees. From the initial group of interviewees, a small number of applicants is referred for further interview by a committee of circuit judges, which then submits a recommendation to the Court of Appeals. The court’s nominees will undergo FBI and IRS background investigations prior to appointment.

Basic qualifications for consideration include: (1) admission to practice before the highest court of at least one state or the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; (2) membership in good standing in every bar in which membership is held; and (3) at least five years of legal practice experience (certain other legal experience may be substituted). Applicants are considered without regard to their race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Download the announcement.

Download the application instructions.

Download the District of Arizona Bankruptcy Judge Application (specifically for use with this recruitment).

Applications must be in the format required by the Ninth Circuit and received by 5 p.m., Thursday, October 17, 2013.