Judge Go
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The retirement of trailblazing Magistrate Judge Marilyn Go has the Eastern District continuing to look for candidates to fill her seat on the bench.

Members of the bar who are interested in the position have until Feb. 17 to apply.

An American of Chinese heritage, Go emigrated with her family from the Philippines to the U.S. in 1956 and became a U.S. citizen in Hawaii in 1962.

Go graduated from Radcliffe College in 1973 and, in 1977, from Harvard Law School, where she helped establish the Asian American Law Student Association.

After a clerkship in Philadelphia with Court of Common Pleas Judge William Marutani, Go served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District’s Civil Division, working there for four years before entering private practice in 1982. She later becoming a partner at Baden, Kramer, Huffman, Brodsky & Go.

In 1993, she became the first Asian American woman to serve as a judge on the federal bench when she was named a magistrate in the Eastern District. Go is a founding member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and has served on numerous bar committees and professional organizations, including as a trustee of the Federal Bar Council.

The district says the duties of the position are “demanding and wide-ranging” and include preliminary proceedings in criminal cases, misdemeanor trials and pleas, pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings upon designation and civil cases on the consent of the litigants.

A merit selection panel stands ready to review applications for the $186,852 annual position, with forms available on both the court’s website, www.nyed.uscourts.gov and from the offices of the Clerk of Court, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY 11201.