Irma Elsa Gonzalez

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Irma Elsa Gonzalez (born 1948 in Palo Alto, California) is a former United States federal judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. She was the first Mexican-American female federal judge.[1] She was nominated by George H.W. Bush on April 9, 1992, to a seat vacated by J. Lawrence Irving. The Senate confirmed her nomination on August 11, 1992. She served as the chief judge of the Southern District of California from 2005 to 2012. She took senior status on March 29, 2013 and retired on October 25, 2013. Prior to her service as a District Court Judge, Gonzalez served as a United States Magistrate Judge from 1984 until 1991.

She is married to former federal prosecutor and trial attorney Robert S. Brewer.


Professional career[edit]

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