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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 92 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.

Sonia SotomayorSupreme Court8/6/2009ActiveFemale

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.

Adalberto Jose JordanEleventh Circuit2/17/2012ActiveMale
Albert DiazFourth Circuit12/22/2010ActiveMale
Carlos F. LuceroTenth Circuit6/30/1995ActiveMale
Carlos T. BeaNinth Circuit10/1/2003ActiveMale
Consuelo Maria CallahanNinth Circuit5/28/2003ActiveFemale
Edward Charles PradoFifth Circuit5/5/2003ActiveMale
Ferdinand Francis FernandezNinth Circuit5/22/1989Senior Status 6/1/02Male
Fortunato Pedro BenavidesFifth Circuit5/9/1994Senior Status 2/3/12Male
Jimmie V. ReynaFederal Circuit4/5/2011ActiveMale
Jose Alberto CabranesSecond Circuit8/10/1994ActiveMale
Juan R. TorruellaFirst Circuit10/4/1984ActiveMale
Julio M. FuentesThird Circuit3/9/2000Senior Status 7/18/16Male
Kara Farnandez StollFederal Circuit7/8/2015ActiveFemale
Kim McLane WardlawNinth Circuit8/3/1998ActiveFemale
Luis Felipe Restrepo
Third Circuit1/13/2016ActiveMale
Mary Helen MurguiaNinth Circuit1/4/2011ActiveFemale
Richard A. PaezNinth Circuit3/14/2000ActiveMale

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.

Aida M. Delgado-Colon***Puerto Rico3/17/2006ActiveFemale
Alia MosesTexas (WD)11/15/2002ActiveFemale
Analisa TorresNew York (SD)4/23/2013ActiveFemale
Carlos Eduardo MendozaFlorida (MD)6/27/2014ActiveMale
Carlos MurguiaKansas9/22/1999ActiveMale
Carmen Consuelo CerezoPuerto Rico6/30/1980ActiveFemale
Cathy BissoonPennsylvania (WD)10/19/2011ActiveFemale
Cecilia M. AltonagaFlorida (SD)5/7/2003ActiveFemale
Christine M. ArguelloColorado10/21/2008ActiveFemale
Daniel R. DominguezPuerto Rico9/29/1994Senior Status 7/31/11Male
David BrionesTexas (WD)10/11/1994Senior Status 2/26/09Male
David Campos GuaderramaTexas (WD)4/30/2012ActiveMale
Diana SaldanaTexas (SD)2/9/2011ActiveFemale
Doris L. IrizarryNew York (ED)7/8/2004ActiveFemale
Edgardo RamosNew York (SD)12/6/2011ActiveMale
Eduardo C. RobrenoPennsylvania (ED)6/30/1992Senior Status 8/31/13Male
Edward J. GarciaCalifornia (ED)3/14/1984Senior Status 11/24/96Male
Edward John DavilaCalifornia (ND)3/3/2011ActiveMale
Esther SalasNew Jersey6/14/2011ActiveFemale
Federico A. Moreno***Florida (SD)7/16/1990ActiveMale
Fernando M. OlguinCalifornia (CD)1/16/2013ActiveMale
Francisco Augusto BesosaPuerto Rico9/27/2006ActiveMale
Frank MontalvoTexas (WD)8/1/2003ActiveMale
Frank R. ZapataArizona8/1/1996Senior Status 8/3/10Male
Gloria Maria Navarro***Nevada5/6/2010ActiveFemale
Gonzalo P. CurielCalifornia (SD)10/1/2012ActiveMale
Gustavo Antonio Gelpi Jr.Puerto Rico8/1/2006ActiveMale
Hilda G. TagleTexas (SD)3/17/1998Senior Status 12/31/12Female
James A. SotoArizona6/9/2014ActiveMale
Jay A. Garcia-GregoryPuerto Rico7/11/2000ActiveMale
Jesus G. BernalCalifornia (CD)12/12/2012ActiveMale
John A. MendezCalifornia (ED)4/17/2008ActiveMale
John Michael Vasquez
New Jersey1/29/2016ActiveMale
Jorge Antonio SolisTexas (ND)9/16/1991Terminated/Retired 5/1/16Male
Jorge Luis AlonsoIllinois (ND)12/19/2014ActiveMale
Jose Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.Florida (SD)7/28/1978Senior Status 11/30/96Male
Jose Antonio FustePuerto Rico10/28/1985Terminated/Retired 6/1/16Male
Jose E. MartinezFlorida (SD)9/17/2002ActiveMale
Jose L. LinaresNew Jersey 12/3/2002ActiveMale
Jose Rolando Olvera, Jr.Texas (SD)
Joseph H. RodriguezNew Jersey5/10/1985Senior Status 5/22/98Male
Juan Manuel Perez-GimenezPuerto Rico12/6/1979Senior Status 3/28/06Male
Juan Ramon SanchezPennsylvania (ED)6/24/2004ActiveMale
Judith C. HerreraNew Mexico6/13/2004ActiveFemale
Kathleen CardoneTexas (WD)7/29/2003ActiveFemale
Kenneth J. GonzalesNew Mexico8/9/2013ActiveMale
Louis Guirola Jr.***Mississippi (SD)3/22/2004ActiveMale
M. Christina Armijo***New Mexico11/12/2001ActiveFemale
Manuel Lawrence RealCalifornia (CD)11/3/1966ActiveMale
Marcia Morales HowardFlorida (MD)2/20/2007ActiveFemale
Marco Antonio HernandezOregon2/9/2011ActiveMale
Marina Garcia MarmolejoTexas (SD)10/4/2011ActiveFemale
Martha Alicia VazquezNew Mexico10/1/1993ActiveFemale
Micaela AlvarezTexas (SD)12/13/2004ActiveFemale
Nelson S. RomanNew York (SD)5/13/2013ActiveMale
Nevla Gonzales RamosTexas (SD)8/4/2011ActiveFemale
Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro ±Pennsylvania (ED)6/19/2013ActiveFemale
Orlando Luis GarciaTexas (WD)3/11/1994ActiveMale
Pedro A. Delgado HernandezPuerto Rico3/7/2014ActiveMale
Philip Ray MartinezTexas (WD)2/12/2002ActiveMale
Philip S. GutierrezCalifornia (CD)2/16/2007ActiveMale
Randy CraneTexas (SD)3/19/2002ActiveMale
Ricardo H. Hinojosa***Texas (SD)5/5/1983ActiveMale
Ricardo S. MartinezWashington (WD)6/16/2004ActiveMale
Rodolfo LozanoIndiana (ND)2/26/1988Senior Status 7/10/07Male
Roger T. BenitezCalifornia (SD)6/21/2004ActiveMale
Ronald A. GuzmanIllinois (ND)11/15/1999Senior Status 11/16/14Male
Rosemary MarquezArizona5/19/2014ActiveFemale
Ruben Castillo***Illinois (ND)5/9/1994ActiveMale
Rudolph ContrerasDistrict of Columbia3/23/2012ActiveMale
S. James OteroCalifornia (CD)2/12/2003ActiveMale
Salvador E. CasellasPuerto Rico9/29/1994Senior Status 6/10/05Male
Salvador Mendoza, Jr.Washington (ED)6/19/2014ActiveMale
Vernon S. BroderickNew York (SD)9/10/2013ActiveMale
Victor MarreroNew York (SD)10/5/1999Senior Status 12/31/10Male
Virginia M. Hernandez CovingtonFlorida (MD)9/10/2004ActiveFemale
William Joseph MartinezColorado12/21/2010ActiveMale
Xavier RodriguezTexas (WD)8/1/2003ActiveMale
Yvonne Gonzalez RogersCalifornia (ND)11/21/2011ActiveFemale


CD - Central DistrictED - Eastern DistrictMD - Middle DistrictND - Northern DistrictSD - Southern District
WD - Western District± LGBT*** Current Chief Judge

Data is based on information collected through July 31, 2017. To learn more about the federal courts go to

Judge Carmen C. 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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