Gonzalo P. Curiel
|Gonzalo P. Curiel|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of California|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||9/22/2012 - Present|
|Past post:||Superior Court of San Diego County, California|
|Hometown:||East Chicago, IN|
|Undergraduate:||Indiana U., B.A., 1976|
|Law School:||Indiana U. Law, J.D., 1979|
Gonzalo P. Curiel is a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. He joined the court in 2012 after a nomination from President Barack Obama. At the time of nomination, he was a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County in California.
Early life and education
After graduation, Curiel worked in two private firms, namely, James, James & Manning from 1979 to 1986 and Barbosa & Vera 1986 to 1989. He went on to serve as the Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1989 to 2002 and the Central District of California from 2002 to 2006. From 2006 to 2012, he was a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County, California.
Southern District of California
|Candidate:||Gonzalo P. Curiel|
|Court:||Southern District of California|
|Progress:||Confirmed 317 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||November 10, 2011|
|ABA Rating:||Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified|
|Hearing:||March 28, 2012|
|Reported:||April 26, 2012|
|Confirmed:||September 22, 2012|
Curiel was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California by President Obama on November 10, 2011. Obama commented on the nominations, stating, "These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity." He is nominated to fill the seat vacated by Thomas Whelan.
He was rated Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified by the American Bar Association. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 28, 2012 and you can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here.
On September 22, 2012 the United States Senate confirmed Gonzalo P. Curiel to an Article III post for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California with a voice vote.
- California Courts, "Trial Courts Roster"
- "Presidential Nominations and Withdrawl Sent to the Senate" 11/10/2011
- Official FJC Bio of Judge Curiel
- "President Obama Nominates Four to Serve on the US District Court Bench" 11/10/2011
- 112th Congress Nomination Materials
- Report on the Activities of the Senate Judiciary Committee, 112th Congress
- United States Periodic Press Gallery
|Southern District of California
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