Diane Humetewa

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Diane Humetewa
Diane Humetewa.jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 16, 2014
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Mary Murguia
United States Attorney for the District of Arizona
In office
December 17, 2007 – August 2, 2009
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Paul Charlton
Succeeded by Dennis Burke
Personal details
Born (1964-12-05) December 5, 1964 (age 50)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Alma mater Phoenix College
Arizona State University

Diane Joyce Humetewa (HOO-me-TAY-wə;[1] born December 5, 1964[2][3]) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and was the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, serving in that position from December 2007 to August 2009. She is the first Native American female to serve as federal judge, and one of only three Native Americans in history to do so.[4]

Biography[edit]

Humetewa received her law degree in 1993 from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.[5] A member of the Hopi tribe, Humetewa is the first Native American woman to serve as a U.S. Attorney.[6][7]

Previously the Tribal Liaison and Senior Litigation Counsel in the office she later headed, Humetewa was recommended in January 2007 by both of Arizona's senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl, nominated by President George W. Bush in November and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona on December 17, 2007. The Investiture for Humetewa was held on February 6, 2008 at the Sandra Day O'Connor Courthouse in Phoenix.[8]

Humetewa was the permanent successor of Paul K. Charlton, whose dismissal on December 7, 2006 was a prominent aspect of the Dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy in early 2007. Daniel G. Knauss had served as interim U.S. Attorney for one year. Knauss and Humetewa continued to pursue the criminal investigation of Congressman Rick Renzi (R-AZ), begun by Charlton in September 2006. Renzi was indicted on February 22, 2008.

Humetewa is considered a national expert on Native American legal issues and has instructed law enforcement and prosecutors. She has served since 2002 as a judge pro tem on the Hopi Tribal Appellate Court, and as an ad hoc member of the Native American Subcommittee of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.[8]

Humetewa resigned effective August 2, 2009 when President Barack Obama nominated Dennis K. Burke as the next United States Attorney for the District of Arizona.[9][10]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On September 19, 2013, President Obama nominated Humetewa to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, to the seat vacated by Judge Mary H. Murguia, who was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on January 4, 2011.[11][12] Humetewa was one of four Arizona judicial nominees announced by Obama that day who were chosen in consultation with Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.[13]

On February 27, 2014 her nomination was reported out of the committee.[14] On May 12, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed for cloture on the nomination. On Wednesday May 14, 2014 the Senate voted on the motion to invoke cloture by a vote of 64-34.[15] Later that day the Senate voted 96-0 for final confirmation.[16] She received her judicial commission on May 16, 2014.[17]

Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of Donald A. and Ella Mary Huetewa.[18] She is married to Miguel Juarez.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings
  3. ^ "NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL", No. CR-02-958-PHX-SRB [re United States v. San Diego]
  4. ^ Bendery, Jennifer. "Senate Confirms First-Ever Native American Woman As Federal Judge". www.huffingtonpost.com. Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (2007-12-17). "Alumni spotlight: Diane Humetewa". Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  6. ^ Lynne Harlan (2007-11-23). "Native people gain a new role model". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved 2008-02-22. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Do the right thing, Dems: Confirm Humetewa, now". East Valley Tribune. 2007-11-19. Retrieved 2008-02-22. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Diane J. Humetewa sworn in as United States Attorney". United States Department of Justice. 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2008-02-22. [dead link]
  9. ^ "U.S. Attorney announces resignation". United States Department of Justice. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-08-08. [dead link]
  10. ^ "President Obama Nominates Eight to Serve on United States District Courts" White House September 19, 2013
  11. ^ http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressOffice.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=3849419c-fc3d-dc3f-694e-a9d78e075685&Region_id=&Issue_id=
  12. ^ "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate" White House September 19, 2013
  13. ^ Wingett Sanchez, Yvonne; Nowicki, Dan (September 19, 2013). "Obama nominates 4 Arizonans to fill U.S. District Court vacancies". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Executive Business Meeting". United States Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 2nd Session". Vote Summary: Vote Number 146. United States Senate. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 2nd Session". Vote Summary: Vote Number 149. United States Senate. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Biographical Directory of Federal Judges". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  18. ^ http://www.veromi.net/summary.asp?from=kwVX00000000&vw=people&fn=Diane&mn=Joyce&ln=Humetewz

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Mary Murguia
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona
2014–present
Incumbent