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Otero, S. James

Born 1951 in Los Angeles, CA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Nominated by George W. Bush on January 7, 2003, to a seat vacated by Richard A. Paez. Confirmed by the Senate on February 10, 2003, and received commission on February 12, 2003. Assumed senior status on December 30, 2018. Service terminated on April 10, 2020, due to retirement.

California State University, Northridge, B.A., 1973
Stanford Law School, J.D., 1976

Professional Career:

Law clerk and attorney, Office of the City Attorney, Los Angeles, California, 1976-1987
Regional counsel, Southern Pacific Transportation Co., 1987-1988
Judge, Los Angeles [California] Municipal Court, 1988-1990
Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, 1990-2003

Other Nominations/Recess Appointments:

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, July 18, 2002; no Senate vote