The district judges of the Western District of New York have unanimously agreed to appoint Michael J. Roemer as a magistrate judge for the Western District of New York. Roemer will fill the seat vacated by the Hon. Hugh B. Scott, who will continue to serve the district as a recall magistrate judge. Roemer will serve primarily at the Buffalo courthouse, according to a release.
Roemer has served the federal court of the Western District of New York for the past 23 years in crucial positions, most recently for the past six years as Clerk of the Court, the chief administrative officer of the court. As clerk, he managed dozens of employees, two courthouses, and was responsible for a multi-million dollar budget. In his role as clerk, he was also required to field numerous legal issues facing the court. He previously served as the career confidential law clerk to U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara for 17 years.
During his term as law clerk to Judge Arcara, Roemer was intimately involved in the judicial process, and as a legal assistant to Judge Arcara, he was involved in virtually every type of civil and criminal case prosecuted in one of the busiest federal courts in the nation.
Prior to service as a law clerk, he served as an associate with law firm Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Cleveland, Ohio.
Before his legal career, Roemer served in the U.S. Army and graduated from West Point. He attended the Army’s Airborne School, served as a captain in the Third Combat Engineer Battalion, and was a member of the Army Corps of Engineers.
He is a graduate of Cornell Law School, and served as a senior editor of the Cornell Law Review. He graduated Magna Cum Laude.
The District Court judges expressed their appreciation for the professional work of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, chaired by Attorney Robert P. Fine. The panel was comprised of members of the Buffalo community, both attorneys and non-attorneys.
Judge Geraci complimented the work of the panel in forwarding the names of five outstanding candidates for this seat.
The District Court acknowledged the need to appoint the most qualified candidate to perform the important duties of this judicial position. After personal interviews with each of the individuals recommended by the Merit Selection Panel, the court unanimously agreed that Roemer was the most qualified to handle the responsibilities of this judgeship.