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Lynch to retire as US magistrate judge in 2019

Tuesday, October 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch of Missoula has announced that he will retire effective Aug. 2, 2019.

Judge Lynch, Montana’s longest-serving active U.S. magistrate judge, announced his retirement in October in a letter to Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen.

Judge Lynch was appointed on June 10, 2006, to his position in the Missoula Division of the District of Montana. A 1981 graduate of the University of Montana School of Law, he was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Paul G. Hatfield of Great Falls from 1981-1996. He practiced as a trial lawyer in Great Falls with colleague and friend Thomas Boland from 1996 until his appointment as a U.S. magistrate judge.

During his time on the federal bench, he served on the Ninth Circuit Magistrate Judges’ Executive Board, the Ninth Circuit Jury Instructions Committee, and as chair of the District of Montana’s District Court Local Rules Committee.

Judge Lynch was born and raised in Butte, one of five children of John and Mary Lynch. He received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Carroll College in 1973 and a master’s degree in zoology from Montana State University in 1976.

He and his wife, Teresa, have four children and eight grandchildren.