Active Hispanic/Latino Article III Judges

Article III of the Constitution created the U.S. Supreme Court and gave Congress the power to create the federal courts of appeals and district courts. Since 1789, more than 3,427 judges have served on Article III courts. Currently, there are 96 active Hispanic/Latino Article III Judges.

Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and eight associate justices. At its discretion, and within certain guidelines established by Congress, the Supreme Court each year hears a limited number of the cases it is asked to decide. Those cases may begin in the federal or state courts and usually involve important questions about the Constitution or federal law.

Judge Court Commission Status Gender
Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court 8/6/2009 Active Female

Court of Appeals

The 94 U.S. judicial districts are organized into 12 regional circuits, each of which has a United States Court of Appeals. This court hears appeals from the district courts located within its circuit and appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies. In addition, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has nationwide jurisdiction to hear appeals in specialized cases, such as those involving patent laws and cases decided by the Court of International Trade and the Court of Federal Claims.

Judge Court Commission Status Gender
Juan R. Torruella First Circuit 10/4/1984 Active Male
Jose Alberto Cabranes Second Circuit 8/10/1994 Active Male
Julio M. Fuentes Third Circuit 3/9/2000 Active Male
Albert Diaz Fourth Circuit 12/22/2010 Active Male
Edward Charles Prado Fifth Circuit 5/5/2003 Active Male
Fortunato Pedro Benavides Fifth Circuit 5/9/1994 Senior Status 2/3/12 Male
Carlos T. Bea Ninth Circuit 10/1/2003 Active Male
Consuelo Maria Callahan Ninth Circuit 5/28/2003 Active Female
Ferdinand Francis Fernandez Ninth Circuit 5/22/1989 Senior Status 6/1/02 Male
Kim McLane Wardlaw Ninth Circuit 8/3/1998 Active Female
Mary Helen Murguia Ninth Circuit 1/4/2011 Active Female
Richard A. Paez Ninth Circuit 3/14/2000 Active Male
Carlos F. Lucero Tenth Circuit 6/30/1995 Active Male
Adalberto Jose Jordan Eleventh Circuit 2/17/2012 Active Male
Jimmie V. Reyna Federal Circuit 4/5/2011 Active Male
Kara Farnandez Stoll Federal Circuit 7/8/2015 Active Female

District Courts

The United States District Courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the District Courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters.

There are 94 federal district courts, including at least one district court in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Three territories of the United States—the Virgin Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands—have District Courts that hear federal cases, including bankruptcy cases.

Judge Court Commission Status Gender
Frank R. Zapata Arizona 8/1/1996 Senior Status 8/3/10 Male
James A. Soto Arizona 6/9/2014 Active Male
Rosemary Marquez Arizona 5/19/2014 Active Female
Fernando M. Olguin California (CD) 1/16/2013 Active Male
Jesus G. Bernal California (CD) 12/12/2012 Active Male
Manuel Lawrence Real California (CD) 11/3/1966 Active Male
Philip S. Gutierrez California (CD) 2/16/2007 Active Male
S. James Otero California (CD) 2/12/2003 Active Male
Edward J. Garcia California (ED) 3/14/1984 Senior Status 11/24/96 Male
John A. Mendez California (ED) 4/17/2008 Active Male
Edward John Davila California (ND) 3/3/2011 Active Male
Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers California (ND) 11/21/2011 Active Female
Gonzalo P. Curiel California (SD) 10/1/2012 Active Male
Roger T. Benitez California (SD) 6/21/2004 Active Male
Christine M. Arguello Colorado 10/21/2008 Active Female
William Joseph Martinez Colorado 12/21/2010 Active Male
Rudolph Contreras District of Columbia 3/23/2012 Active Male
Carlos Eduardo Mendoza Florida (MD) 6/27/2014 Active Male
Marcia Morales Howard Florida (MD) 2/20/2007 Active Female
Virginia M. Hernandez Covington Florida (MD) 9/10/2004 Active Female
Cecilia M. Altonaga Florida (SD) 5/7/2003 Active Female
Federico A. Moreno*** Florida (SD) 7/16/1990 Active Male
Jose Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. Florida (SD) 7/28/1978 Senior Status 11/30/96 Male
Jose E. Martinez Florida (SD) 9/17/2002 Active Male
Jorge Luis Alonso Illinois (ND) 12/19/2014 Active Male
Ronald A. Guzman Illinois (ND) 11/15/1999 Senior Status 11/16/14 Male
Ruben Castillo*** Illinois (ND) 5/9/1994 Active Male
Rodolfo Lozano Indiana (ND) 2/26/1988 Senior Status 7/10/07 Male
Carlos Murguia Kansas 9/22/1999 Active Male
Louis Guirola Jr.*** Mississippi (SD) 3/22/2004 Active Male
Gloria Maria Navarro*** Nevada 5/6/2010 Active Female
Esther Salas New Jersey 6/14/2011 Active Female
Joseph H. Rodriguez New Jersey 5/10/1985 Senior Status 5/22/98 Male
Jose L. Linares New Jersey  12/3/2002 Active Male
Judith C. Herrera New Mexico 6/13/2004 Active Female
Kenneth J. Gonzales New Mexico 8/9/2013 Active Male
M. Christina Armijo*** New Mexico 11/12/2001 Active Female
Martha Alicia Vazquez New Mexico 10/1/1993 Active Female
Doris L. Irizarry New York (ED) 7/8/2004 Active Female
Analisa Torres New York (SD) 4/23/2013 Active Female
Edgardo Ramos New York (SD) 12/6/2011 Active Male
Nelson S. Roman New York (SD) 5/13/2013 Active Male
Vernon S. Broderick New York (SD) 9/10/2013 Active Male
Victor Marrero New York (SD) 10/5/1999 Senior Status 12/31/10 Male
Marco Antonio Hernandez Oregon 2/9/2011 Active Male
Eduardo C. Robreno Pennsylvania (ED) 6/30/1992 Senior Status 8/31/13 Male
Juan Ramon Sanchez Pennsylvania (ED) 6/24/2004 Active Male
L. Felipe Restrepo Pennsylvania (ED) 6/19/2013 Active Male
Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro ± Pennsylvania (ED) 6/19/2013 Active Female
Cathy Bissoon Pennsylvania (WD) 10/19/2011 Active Female
Aida M. Delgado-Colon*** Puerto Rico 3/17/2006 Active Female
Carmen Consuelo Cerezo Puerto Rico 6/30/1980 Active Female
Daniel R. Dominguez Puerto Rico 9/29/1994 Senior Status 7/31/11 Male
Francisco Augusto Besosa Puerto Rico 9/27/2006 Active Male
Gustavo Antonio Gelpi Jr. Puerto Rico 8/1/2006 Active Male
Jay A. Garcia-Gregory Puerto Rico 7/11/2000 Active Male
Jose Antonio Fuste Puerto Rico 10/28/1985 Active Male
Juan Manuel Perez-Gimenez Puerto Rico 12/6/1979 Senior Status 3/28/06 Male
Pedro A. Delgado Hernandez Puerto Rico 3/7/2014 Active Male
Salvador E. Casellas Puerto Rico 9/29/1994 Senior Status 6/10/05 Male
Jorge Antonio Solis Texas (ND) 9/16/1991 Active Male
Diana Saldana Texas (SD) 2/9/2011 Active Female
Hilda G. Tagle Texas (SD) 3/17/1998 Senior Status 12/31/12 Female
Marina Garcia Marmolejo Texas (SD) 10/4/2011 Active Female
Micaela Alvarez Texas (SD) 12/13/2004 Active Female
Nevla Gonzales Ramos Texas (SD) 8/4/2011 Active Female
Randy Crane Texas (SD) 3/19/2002 Active Male
Ricardo H. Hinojosa*** Texas (SD) 5/5/1983 Active Male
Alia Moses Texas (WD) 11/15/2002 Active Female
David Briones Texas (WD) 10/11/1994 Senior Status 2/26/09 Male
David Campos Guaderrama Texas (WD) 4/30/2012 Active Male
Frank Montalvo Texas (WD) 8/1/2003 Active Male
Kathleen Cardone Texas (WD) 7/29/2003 Active Female
Orlando Luis Garcia Texas (WD) 3/11/1994 Active Male
Philip Ray Martinez Texas (WD) 2/12/2002 Active Male
Xavier Rodriguez Texas (WD) 8/1/2003 Active Male
Salvador Mendoza, Jr. Washington (ED) 6/19/2014 Active Male
Ricardo S. Martinez Washington (WD) 6/16/2004 Active Male


CD - Central District ED - Eastern District MD - Middle District ND - Northern District SD - Southern District
WD - Western District ± LGBT *** Current Chief Judge

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Carmen Consuelo Cerezo

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed Carmen C. Cerezo to the District Court for Puerto Rico and becoming the first Latina to serve on a federal district court.

Active Article III Judges

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