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Two new federal magistrate judges named

The competition was hot, but after what was described as a “rigorous six-month process,” Ron Bush and Candy Dale have been named to the two federal magistrate judge positions that will open in Idaho in 2008. Chief United States District Judge B. Lynn Winmill said, “We are truly fortunate that, from this rigorous process, we were able to appoint two individuals who are so well-qualified, well-respected and well-prepared to serve in the federal judiciary.” Added District Judge Edward J. Lodge. “The cream always rises to the top, and here we have two rich in experience and talent and ably qualified to handle the challenges ahead of them.”

State District Judge Ronald E. Bush of Pocatello will step up to the federal court on Sept. 30, 2008, to succeed Magistrate Judge Larry M. Boyle upon his retirement. Boise attorney Candy W. Dale will succeed retiring Magistrate Judge Mikel H. Williams on March 30, 2008.

An 11-member merit selection panel screened all the applicants, conducted a statewide survey of attorneys, and interviewed candidates. They then forwarded seven names to the Board of Judges for consideration.

Williams said, “The citizens of the state of Idaho will be well served by the appointment of these well qualified attorneys to the federal bench. Candy W. Dale brings a wealth of litigation experience to the bench, is held in high regard by her peers and is one of the most respected trial lawyers in Idaho. Ron E. Bush had a successful career as an attorney, has a distinguished record on the state trial bench and has received high ratings from the attorneys who have tried cases in his court. I am particularly pleased that when Candy Dale assumes the United States Magistrate Judge’s position that I have held with the federal court, she will be the first woman judge in the history of our District.”

Boyle said, “Included in the large applicant pool there were a number of fine lawyers and experienced state court judges who were qualified to serve as federal judges. From along those many applicants, Ms. Dale and Judge Bush were selected and both are highly qualified and will serve with great distinction.”

Click below to read the full press release from the federal court.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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