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Judge Gonzalez is a longtime judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.[1] She was the first Mexican-American female federal judge. [2] She was nominated by George H.W. Bush on April 9, 1992, to a seat vacated by J. Lawrence Irving[1]. The U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination on August 11, 1992[1]. She has served as the chief judge of the Southern District of California from 2005 until the present[1]. Prior to her service as a District Court Judge, Chief Judge Gonzalez served as a United States Magistrate Judge from 1984 until 1991[1].


  • Stanford University, B.A., 1970[1]
  • University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 1973[1]

Professional career

  • Law clerk, Hon. William C. Frey, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1973-1975[1]
  • Assistant U.S. attorney, Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney's Office, Arizona, 1975-1979[1]
  • Trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Los Angeles, California, 1979[1]
  • Assistant U.S. attorney, Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California, 1979-1981
  • Private practice, San Diego, California, 1981-1984[1]
  • Judge, California Superior Court, San Diego County, 1991-1992[1]


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