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Marina Marmolejo

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Marina Marmolejo
Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   10/3/2011-Present
Preceded by:   Samuel Kent
Personal History
Born:   1971
Hometown:   Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
Undergraduate:   University of the Incarnate Word, 1992
Law School:   St. Mary's University, 1996
Grad. School:   St. Mary's University, 1996

Marina Garcia Marmolejo is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She joined the court in 2011 after being nominated by President Barack Obama. Prior to joining the court, Marmolejo was a private practice attorney in Texas.[1]


Marmolejo received her B.A. from the University of the Incarnate Word in 1992 and her M.A. and J.D. from St. Mary's University in 1996.[2]

Professional career

After graduating from law school, Marmolejo served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Western District of Texas.[1] She worked in the same position in the Southern District of Texas from 1998 to 1999. That year, she became Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. In 2007, she went into private practice.[2]

Judicial career

Southern District of Texas

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Marina Marmolejo
 Court:Southern District of Texas
 Progress:Confirmed 432 days after nomination.
ApprovedAABA Rating:Qualified

President Obama nominated Marmolejo to the federal court on July 28, 2010.[2] She was recommended for this position by the state's two Republican senators.[3] Obama commented on the nomination, stating, "I am proud to nominate Marina Marmolejo to serve on the United States District Court. I am confident she will serve on the federal bench with distinction."[2]

The American Bar Association unanimously rated Marmolejo "Qualified" for the position. A hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was held on May 24, 2011. You can find her Committee Questionnaire available here and her Questions for the Record available here.[4]

Marmolejo's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress. President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011. Judge Marmolejo was confirmed on October 3, 2011, with a Senate voice vote.[5]

Awards and associations


  • 2014: Latina Judge of the Year, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • 2012: Daughters of the American Revolution Americanism Award
  • 2011: University of the Incarnate Word Distinguished Alumni
  • 2011: Scene in S.A. Best Lawyers
  • 2011: Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Stars
  • 2010: Hispanic Business: The 100 Influentials-Thought Leaders
  • 2007: Outstanding Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • 2006: Outstanding Service, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • 2003 & 2006: Outstanding Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 2005: Outstanding Service, Office of the Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security
  • 2002, 2004, 2005: Michael T. Shelby U.S. Attorney's Sisyphus Award
  • 2002: Service Recognition, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Rotary Club
  • 2000: Tejano Achievers Award, Laredo LULAC Council


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Criminal Justice Section Book Board
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Judges Association
  • Member, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Co-chair of Judicial Council
  • Member, Texas State Bar Association
  • Past member, Association of Defense Counsel, Inc.
  • Past member, College of The State Bar of Texas
  • Past member, Laredo Women's Bar Association
  • Past member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past member, National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys
  • Past member, Texas State Bar Association
  • Past member, Young Lawyers' Association of Laredo, Texas[6][7]

See also

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Samuel Kent
Southern District of Texas
Seat #5
Succeeded by: