Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014
In a private ceremony at the Kansas City federal courthouse on January 16, Teresa J. James, a lifelong Kansas resident, took the oath of office as United States Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas. Judge James received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 1981 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1984. Following graduation, Judge James practiced law in the Wichita legal community until she joined the Overland Park branch of Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, LLP in 2003.
At Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, LLP, Judge James was a partner and specialized in areas of law such as Energy, Oil and Gas, Condemnation and Real Property, and Complex Litigation. Judge James is on the board of the Kansas Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Commission. She also served on the Bench-Bar Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas in 2012 and 2013. She belongs to the Johnson County and Wichita Bar Associations and is a Kansas Bar Association Fellow.
Judge James succeeds the Honorable David J. Waxse, who has retired but still serves the court on recall status. A swearing in ceremony is scheduled to take place on February 21, 2014, at the Robert J. Dole U.S. Courthouse.
A U.S. magistrate judge is a judicial officer of the district court and is appointed by majority vote of the district judges of the court to exercise jurisdiction over matters assigned by statute as well as those delegated by the district judges. The number of magistrate judge positions is determined by the Judicial Conference of the United States, based on recommendations of the respective district courts, the judicial councils of the circuits, and the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. A full-time magistrate judge serves a term of eight years. Duties assigned to magistrate judges by district court judges may vary considerably from court to court. The District of Kansas currently has two full-time magistrate judges in Kansas City, one in Topeka and two in Wichita. For more information about federal judges click here.