Carmen Consuelo Cerezo

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Carmen Consuelo Cerezo
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Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
In office
1993–1999
Preceded by Gilberto Gierbolini-Ortiz
Succeeded by Hector Manuel Laffitte
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 30, 1980
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Seat established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629
Personal details
Born 1940 (age 73–74)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Alma mater University of Puerto Rico
University of Puerto Rico School of Law
University of Virginia School of Law

Carmen Consuelo Cerezo (née Vargas) (born 1940) is a United States federal judge.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cerezo received a B.A. from University of Puerto Rico in 1963, a J.D. from University of Puerto Rico Law School in 1966, and an LL.M. from University of Virginia School of Law in 1988. She was in private practice of law in Puerto Rico from 1966 to 1967, and was a law clerk for the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico from 1967 to 1972. She was a judge on the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico from 1972 to 1976, and on the Court of Intermediate Appeals of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico from 1976 to 1980.

On May 14, 1980, President Jimmy Carter nominated Cerezo to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico created by 92 Stat. 1629. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 26, 1980, and received her commission on June 30, 1980 becoming the first female federal judge in Puerto Rico. She served as chief judge from 1993-99.

She was married to Benny Frankie Cerezo, an attorney, former state legislator and political analyst until his death on April 15, 2013, and is the mother of one son, a partner in a Miami law firm, and one daughter.

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