Rod Watson's use of the jargon "good old boy club mentality" to characterize the designation of H. Kenneth Schroeder as our district's newest federal magistrate judge is as troubling as it is misinformed. The work of a federal magistrate judge calls for in-depth litigation experience from both the criminal and civil perspectives. A full understanding of the rules that are unique to the field of federal practice is essential.
As a former U.S. attorney with 40 years experience actively litigating for plaintiffs, defendants and the government, Schroeder represents a most welcome addition to the federal bench. All who are familiar with the demands of the position will agree he is eminently qualified to sit as a magistrate judge.
To even suggest that gender or race should have been factors weighed by the screening committee is unsettling. While such considerations might well have assisted Watson's meaningless statistical survey of the federal judiciary in our district, they would not have assured the most qualified applicant will fill this position for the next eight years.
RODNEY O. PERSONIUS