Term Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel – Austin, TX

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas is recruiting for a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel to serve a one-year term beginning October 1, 2022. A law clerk to a district judge performs research and writing on substantive and procedural issues and is responsible for preparing bench memos, orders, and opinions on matters pending before the judge. The term law clerk will work under the supervision of the district judge and guidance of the career law clerk. The Continue reading →

Upgrade to CM/ECF Scheduled for the Western District of Texas

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas will be upgrading its case management software to the Next Generation (commonly called NextGen) of ECF during the weekend of July 29-31, 2022.  Beginning Monday, August 1, 2022, attorneys will be required to log in to ECF through a PACER account to file documents.   All attorney information concerning actions to be taken are posted on the “Attorney Guidance for Access to NextGen” page. Attorneys need to obtain (or upgrade) their individual PACER accounts  To obtain a new PACER account or upgrade an existing PACER account Continue reading →

Notice of Vacancy – U.S. Bankruptcy Judge – Austin, Texas

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified candidates for a 14-year appointment as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Texas at Austin. The qualification standards and the application form (Parts I and II) are available at www.ca5.uscourts.gov. Four completed applications (Parts I and II) should be mailed to Lorie A. Robinson, Circuit Executive, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 600 Camp Street, Room 100, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. A PDF version of the Continue reading →

Term Law Clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Anne T. Berton – El Paso, TX

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas in El Paso is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Law Clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Anne T. Berton. Graduation from an accredited law school is required. Looking for applicants with a strong work ethic and the ability to work as a member of a team, with excellent research, communication, and writing skills. Experience on Law Review/Journal required. Applications should be submitted through OSCAR only please. Announcement for Term Law Clerk to Continue reading →

Career Law Clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry J. Bemporad – San Antonio, TX

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas is seeking applicants for a Career Judicial Law Clerk position to support Magistrate Judge Henry J. Bemporad in the San Antonio Division. This position is anticipated to begin September 25, 2023. The Court ‘s caseload is evenly split between criminal and civil cases. The law clerk’s primary responsibility is to assist the magistrate judge in actively managing the civil docket, ensuring that cases reach trial or settlement through efficient discovery and motion practice. The Continue reading →

New San Antonio Federal Courthouse

Beginning in 2022, the new federal courthouse has been open for court business. Counsel practicing in federal court in the San Antonio Division of the Western District of Texas should be aware that the Court can set hearings to proceed either (1) remotely via videoconference on Zoom or by teleconference, or (2) in person, COVID permitting. Counsel should always carefully review orders from the Court, including those setting hearings. And counsel should report for hearings either in person or virtually, as instructed in any order Continue reading →

Term Law Clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge – San Antonio, TX

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas is recruiting for a term law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Chestney. The term law clerk assists the magistrate judge with the civil docket by preparing the judge for hearings, researching legal issues, and drafting initial drafts of orders and reports and recommendations. The term law clerk also supports the magistrate judge with the criminal docket by managing warrant and other requests from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and by researching criminal law and Continue reading →

Attorney Notice: New San Antonio Courthouse Technology

San Antonio will be moving to a new courthouse for 2022 at 262 West Nueva Street, San Antonio, TX 78207. In that move, courtroom technology will be upgraded and standardized. It is critical that all attorneys be properly prepared for this change to ensure smooth proceedings. Be sure to review the detailed offerings in courtrooms for this new location. It is important to note that all courtrooms are the same. Each has the features mentioned, to include evidence presentation and viewing. This applies to both Continue reading →

Adopting Local Court Civil Rules – June 24, 2021

On June 24, 2021, Chief Judge Orlando L. Garcia entered an order adopting and enacting proposed amendments to the Local Court Civil Rules for the United States District Court, Western District of Texas. In accordance with Rule 83 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, these amendments were unanimously approved by the district judges of this Court after being posted for 30 days for review and comment by the bar. The Court was recently informed by the Office of the Circuit Executive for the Fifth Continue reading →

Change in Presentence Report Delivery for El Paso

Affecting El Paso This announcement is for all attorneys practicing criminal law in The Western District of Texas, specifically the El Paso division. Beginning June 28, 2021, the U.S. Probation Office for the Western District of Texas will modify the method used to disclose Pre-Sentence Reports, Addendums, and Violation Reports. You will no longer receive a notification (NEF) from CM/ECF but will instead receive an email directly from the U.S. Probation Services Office for the Western District of Texas containing a link to access your report. Continue reading →