Magistrate Judge Candy Wagahoff Dale began extended recall service on April 1, 2022. She was first appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge on March 30, 2008. She served as Chief Magistrate Judge from October of 2008 through September of 2015, and from June 11, 2021, through March 31, 2022. She was appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to serve a two-year term as the Magistrate Judge Observer to the Judicial Conference of the United States, and served in that capacity from October 2017 through September 2019. Judge Dale is a past member of the Fairness Committee, the Workplace Environment Committee, and the Jury Trial Improvement Committee, and a past Chair of the Magistrate Judges Executive Board for the Ninth Circuit.
Judge Dale is a member of the Federal Bar Association and a member of the Idaho Legal History Society. She is an Emeritus member of the Richard C. Fields American Inn of Court, where she previously served as President; an Emeritus member of the Advisory Council for the University of Idaho College of Law; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of Idaho, where she served as Chair of the Board from 2012 – 2014. Judge Dale was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, LL.D., from the College of Idaho in May 2017. She received the 2022 Distinguished Jurist Award from the Idaho State Bar, the 2016 Faculty Award of Legal Merit from the University of Idaho College of Law, the 2014 Justice for All Award from the Diversity Section of the Idaho State Bar, and the 2010 Kate Feltham Award from the Idaho Women Lawyers.
A native of Boise, Judge Dale obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors and as a Gipson Scholar, from the College of Idaho in 1979, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1982, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Idaho Law Review. Before her appointment to the federal bench, she was a trial lawyer for over 25 years in Idaho and a member of numerous professional and community organizations.