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Edward J. Davila

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Edward J. Davila
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   03/03/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Marilyn Patel
Past post:   Judge, Superior Court of Santa Clara County
Past term:   2001-2011
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Palo Alto, CA
Undergraduate:   California State U., San Diego, 1976
Law School:   University of California Law, 1979
Edward J. Davila is a judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He joined the court in 2011 after being nominated by President Barack Obama.[1]


Davila earned his B.A. from California State University at San Diego in 1976, and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1979.[1][2]

Professional career

In addition to his legal work, Davila taught trial advocacy course sessions at Stanford Law School, Santa Clara University School of Law and the University of San Francisco School of Law.[1][2]

Judicial career

Northern District of California

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Edward J. Davila
 Court:Northern District of California
 Progress:Confirmed 270 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:May 20, 2010
ApprovedAABA Rating:Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Not Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:September 29, 2010
ApprovedAHearing Transcript:Hearing Transcript
ApprovedAReported:February 3, 2011 (December 1, 2010)
ApprovedAConfirmed:February 14, 2011
 Vote: Voice

On May 20, 2010, Davila was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a district judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He was nominated to fill the seat vacated by Marilyn Patel.[3] Davila was recommended to the President by Senator Barbara Boxer.

The American Bar Association gave Davila a rating of "Qualified" from the substantial majority, and "Not Qualified" from the minority. Davila had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 29, 2010, and you can find his hearing transcript here.[4] He was moved out of committee on a voice vote on December 1, 2010, and awaited confirmation by the full Senate.[5]

Davila's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress. President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011. Davila was then confirmed by a voice vote of the Senate on February 14, 2011.[6]

Notable cases

Judge rules that police did not use excessive force in killing (2013)

In October 2013, Judge Davila ruled that the San Jose Police Department did not use excessive force in the shooting of Daniel Pham in May 2009. He further ruled that San Jose would not be liable financially, writing:

The death of a civilian at the hands of law enforcement is tragic and regrettable, but the law … indicates that the actions at issue here to not implicate the Fourth Amendment or trigger liability under California law.[7]


Anna Ayala case (2006)

In 2006, Davila imposed the maximum sentence of nine years on Anna Ayala, who placed a human finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili in an attempt to extort money from the company.[8]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Marilyn Patel
Northern District of California
Seat #1
Succeeded by:

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