Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers

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Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Assumed office
November 21, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Vaughn Walker
Judge of the Alameda County Superior Court
In office
2008–2011
Appointed by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Personal details
Born Maria Yvonne Gonzalez
1965 (age 51–52)
Houston, Texas
Political party Democratic
Education Princeton University A.B.
University of Texas School of Law J.D.

Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers (born 1965) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Early life and education[edit]

Rogers was born Maria Yvonne Gonzalez in 1965 in Houston, Texas.[1] She earned an Artium Baccalaureus in 1987 from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor in 1991 from University of Texas School of Law.[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

From 1991 until 2003, Rogers worked as a litigator in private practice in San Francisco at the law firm of Cooley Godward LLP (now Cooley LLP).[2] She was an equity partner at the firm from 1999 until 2001. Rogers was a member of the civil grand jury in Alameda County, California from 2005 until 2007, and served as foreperson from 2006 until 2007.[2][3]

State court judicial service[edit]

Rogers served as a pro tem judge in Alameda County, California from 2007 until 2008.[2] In 2008, Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Rogers, a Democrat, to the Alameda County Superior Court.[4] She replaced Judge Carlos G. Ynostroza on the bench.[4][3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Earlier photo of Judge Rogers

On May 4, 2011, President Obama nominated Rogers to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California that had been vacated by Judge Vaughn Walker, who had retired at the end of 2010.[5] The Senate confirmed her in an 89–6 vote on November 15, 2011.[6] She received her commission on November 21, 2011. She is the first Latina to serve as a federal judge in the Northern District of California.[7][3]

Tenure as district judge[edit]

In December 2014, Rogers presided over a jury trial against Apple, in which plaintiffs claimed DRM on Apple iTunes violated antitrust laws. On December 16, 2014, the jury reached a verdict in favor of Apple.[8]

Notable activities[edit]

Rogers was elected to the American Law Institute in 1990 and was elected to the ALI Council in 2009.[9] She currently chairs the ALI's Membership Committee and serves as an Adviser on ALI's Principles of Election Law: Resolution of Election Disputes project.[10]

Personal[edit]

Rogers' husband, Matthew C. Rogers, has served in various positions in the Obama administration.[7][11] The couple live in Piedmont, California.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary (May 2, 2011). "Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers" (PDF). Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (May 4, 2011). "President Obama Nominates Six Judges to United States District Courts". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Rogers, Yvonne Gonzalez - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  4. ^ a b "Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Thirty Superior Court Judges". Imperial Valley News. July 21, 2008. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (May 4, 2011). "Nominations Sent to the Senate". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress - 1st Session". www.senate.gov. 
  7. ^ a b c Mintz, Howard (May 5, 2011). "White House nominates East Bay judge to federal bench". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ Elmer DeWitt, Philip (Dec 16, 2014). "Apple wins a unanimous victory in the iTunes antitrust case". Fortune. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ American Law Institute - List of Officers and Council Archived September 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Principles of Election Law: Resolution of Election Disputes - List of Project Participants Archived April 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Romano, Benjamin (February 17, 2010). "With $37bn to give away, meet Mr Popular in Washington". Recharge News. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Vaughn Walker
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
2011–present
Incumbent