by A. Mayer Kohn and Ephram Levin; edited by John Basenfelder
Temple Law recently hosted a panel discussion cosponsored by the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society. The event featured the Honorable David R. Strawbridge, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and his career law clerk, Ms. Maren Reichert.
Before joining the bench, Judge Strawbridge served as Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia, as Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and as a trial lawyer at the Philadelphia and London offices of Cozen O’Conner. Before joining Judge Strawbridge’s chambers, Ms. Reichert, a Temple Law School alumna, worked as an associate in the Philadelphia office of Fox Rothschild.
Judge Strawbridge discussed the role of a magistrate in the federal judiciary. He provided a detailed analysis of how he conducts settlement conferences and weighs evidence in consent trials and habeas corpus petition reviews. Ms. Reichert discussed the role of a law clerk in chambers and concluded with a brief overview of the federal habeas review process under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. Both Judge Strawbridge and Ms. Reichert fielded questions from the audience, as well.
Watch the presentation here.