Irma Elsa Gonzalez

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Irma Elsa Gonzalez
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Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
In office
March 29, 2013 – October 25, 2013
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
In office
2005–2012
Preceded by Marilyn L. Huff
Succeeded by Barry Ted Moskowitz
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
In office
August 12, 1992 – March 29, 2013
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by J. Lawrence Irving
Succeeded by Cynthia Ann Bashant
Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
In office
1984–1991
Personal details
Born (1948-03-29) March 29, 1948 (age 69)
Palo Alto, California
Education Stanford University (B.A.)
James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D.)

Irma Elsa Gonzalez (born March 29, 1948) is a retired United States federal judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, who was the first Mexican-American female federal judge.[1] She is married to former federal prosecutor and trial attorney Robert S. Brewer.

Education and early career[edit]

Born in Palo Alto, California, Gonzalez completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Stanford University in 1970, and a Juris Doctor at the University of Arizona College of Law (now known as the James E. Rogers College of Law) in 1973. She clerked for Judge William Frey of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona from 1973 to 1975. Gonzalez worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney for Arizona from 1975 to 1979, and then for the Central District of California from 1979 to 1981. She was in private practice in San Diego from 1981 to 1984.[2]

Judicial service[edit]

Gonzalez served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in 1984. California Governor Pete Wilson appointed Gonzalez as a state judge on the San Diego Superior Court in 1991.[2]

On April 9, 1992, President George H. W. Bush nominated Gonzales to be a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, to fill the seat vacated by Judge J. Lawrence Irving. The Senate confirmed her nomination on August 11, 1992 and she received her commission on August 12, 1992. She served as the Chief Judge of the Southern District from 2005 to 2012. Gonzalez took senior status on March 29, 2013, and retired on October 25, 2013.[2]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
J. Lawrence Irving
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
1992–2013
Succeeded by
Cynthia Ann Bashant
Preceded by
Marilyn L. Huff
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
2005–2012
Succeeded by
Barry Ted Moskowitz