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Soto, James Alan

Born 1950 in Nogales, AZ

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
Nominated by Barack Obama on January 6, 2014, to a seat vacated by David C. Bury. Confirmed by the Senate on May 15, 2014, and received commission on June 9, 2014.

Arizona State University, B.S., 1971
Arizona State University College of Law (now Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law), J.D., 1975

Professional Career:

Arizona National Guard, 1971-1977
Deputy city attorney (part-time), Nogales, Arizona, 1975-1983
Town attorney (part-time), Patagonia, Arizona, 1975-1992
Private practice, Nogales, Arizona, 1975-2001
Deputy county attorney (part-time), Santa Cruz County, Arizona, 1979
Presiding judge, Arizona Superior Court, Santa Cruz County, 2001-2014

Other Nominations/Recess Appointments:

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, December 19, 2013; no Senate vote