History of the Federal Judiciary

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Gonzalez, Irma Elsa
Born 1948 in Palo Alto, CA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on April 9, 1992, to a seat vacated by J. Lawrence Irving. Confirmed by the Senate on August 11, 1992, and received commission on August 12, 1992. Served as chief judge, 2005-2012. Assumed senior status on March 29, 2013. Service terminated on October 25, 2013, due to retirement.

U.S. Magistrate, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1984-1991

Stanford University, B.A., 1970
University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 1973

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


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