U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola is up for a third term this summer, and a panel of local attorneys and community members is seeking public feedback on his potential reappointment.
Facciola was first appointed as a federal magistrate judge in 1997. His second, eight-year term will expire in August. The eight-person panel that will vet Facciola for reappointment is accepting public comment through March 29.
In addition to his duties on the bench, Facciola is widely known as an expert on electronic discovery issues and speaks regularly on the topic. He's a member of the Sedona Conference Advisory Board and the advisory board of Georgetown University Law Center's Advanced eDiscovery Institute.
Before joining the bench, Facciola served in the local U.S. attorney's office beginning in 1982 and was chief of special proceedings from 1989 until he was appointed. He previously worked in private practice in Washington and served as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan.
The panel selected to review Facciola's reappointment includes six attorneys: Chair Paulette Chapman of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot; K&L Gates' Carol Elder Bruce; Patrick Regan of Regan Zambri Long & Bertram; Manuel Retureta of Retureta & Wassem; Robert Watkins of Williams & Connolly; and Daniel Van Horn, chief of the civil division in the local U.S. attorney's office.
The panel also includes two non-attorney members: Ernestine Coghill-Howard, a health industry executive, and Gregory Davis, a principal at PRM Consulting.