Consuelo Callahan

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Consuelo Callahan
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Assumed office
May 28, 2003
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byFerdinand Fernandez
Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal for the Third District
In office
Appointed byPete Wilson
Judge of the San Joaquin County Superior Court
In office
Commissioner of the Stockton Municipal Court
In office
Personal details
Consuelo María Callahan

(1950-06-09) June 9, 1950 (age 69)
Palo Alto, California
Spouse(s)Randy C. Haight[1]
EducationStanford University (B.A.)
McGeorge School of Law (J.D.)
University of Virginia School of Law (LL.M.)

Consuelo María "Connie" Callahan (born June 9, 1950) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Consuelo María Callahan was born June 9, 1950 in Palo Alto, California. She was raised in Fremont, California and attended public schools in Fremont and in Los Altos, California. In 1972, she graduated from Stanford University with Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in English. She graduated from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, with a Juris Doctor in 1975. In 2004, she received a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Consuelo Callahan began her law career as the Deputy City Attorney for Stockton, California, and then became Deputy District Attorney in San Joaquin County, California. She focused her practice on child abuse and sexual assault cases. In 1986, she became a commissioner of the Stockton Municipal Court. In 1992, she became the first Hispanic woman to be appointed to the San Joaquin County Superior Court. In 1996, Governor Pete Wilson appointed her to serve on the Third District California Court of Appeal in Sacramento.

Ninth Circuit nomination and confirmation[edit]

On February 12, 2003, Callahan was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Her Senate confirmation hearing was on May 7, 2003. On May 22, 2003, she was confirmed by a 99-0 vote. She received her judicial commission on May 28, 2003.

Awards and honors[edit]

On July 14, 2014, Judge Callahan was presented the Ninth Circuit Professionalism Award from the American Inns of Court. The award presentation occurred at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in Monterey, California and was presented by Dean Deanell Reece Tacha of the Pepperdine University School of Law; Dean Tacha was a retired judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and current president of the American Inns of Court Foundation.[2]

Possible Supreme Court nomination[edit]

On September 20, 2005, the New York Times named Callahan as a George W. Bush Supreme Court candidate for United States Supreme Court justice, to replace Sandra Day O'Connor.[3] She was supported by some Democrats and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as being more moderate than many of Bush's other appointees. On October 9, 2005 Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak reported Callahan was one of two finalists for the O'Connor seat, the other being White House Counsel Harriet Miers, whom Bush nominated.[4] On October 27, 2005, Miers withdrew her name from consideration and again, Callahan was mentioned as a possible nominee. Bush ultimately nominated Samuel Alito to O'Connor's seat.


  1. ^ Confirmation hearing on federal appointments : hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, first session. pt.3 (2003)
  2. ^ "American Inns of Court to Honor Ninth Circuit Judge Consuelo M. Callahan" (PDF). United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Public Information Office. 2 July 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  3. ^ White House Said to Shift List for 2nd Court Seat - New York Times
  4. ^ "Chicago - Chicago : News : Politics : Things To Do : Sports". Chicago Sun-Times.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Ferdinand Francis Fernandez
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit