Magistrate Judge Robert M. Illman

Eureka-McKinleyville Courthouse
3140 Boeing Ave
McKinleyville, CA 95519

Judge Illman regularly presides over cases in both McKinleyville 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 & Docket Corrections Mark Romyn 415-522-2009
Criminal Case Docketing

Case terminal digits 0-3: Desirae Kellenbarger 415-522-2076
Case terminal digits 4-6: Lori Murray 415-522-2093
Case terminal digits 7-9: Mark Jenkins 415-522-2042
Email for Proposed Orders:
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Email for PDF Follow-Ups
   and Criminal Docket Corrections: (Civil) (Criminal)
Media Liaison

For all media inquiries: Lynn Fuller

About Magistrate Judge Robert M. Illman

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

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Illman served as a law clerk to Magistrate Judge Nandor J. Vadas in the Northern District of California from 2014 to 2017, and to Chief Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama from 2007 to 2014. Prior to that, Judge Illman served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Montgomery, Alabama, from 2003 to 2007. In that role he represented indigent defendants charged with various crimes in federal trial and appellate courts, as well as representing Alabama’s death row inmates in their federal habeas corpus litigation. Through his broad background as an attorney working for and practicing in the federal courts, Judge Illman has developed extensive experience in all manner of cases brought before the district court.

Judge Illman graduated with a degree in history from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and from the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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 McKinleyville. In addition, parties can schedule dispositive motions to be heard on days when Judge Illman is in San Francisco.