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Gloria M. Navarro

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Gloria M. Navarro
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Nevada
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   5/6/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   Brian Sandoval
Personal History
Born:   1967
Hometown:   Las Vegas, NV
Undergraduate:   University of Nevada Las Vegas, B.A., 1989
Law School:   Arizona State U. College of Law, J.D., 1992

Gloria M. Navarro is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. She was nominated to the court by Barack Obama in 2009 and was confirmed on May 5, 2010. She is the first Hispanic female to serve the District of Nevada.[1]

Early life and education

Navarro received her B.A. in 1989 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her J.D. from Arizona State University in 1992.[2]

Professional career

Navarro was a federal Deputy Special Public Defender from 2001 to 2004, and was in private practice in Las Vegas from 1996-2001.[3] She was an associate with the firm Kelly & Sullivan, Ltd.[4] From 2005 until her appointment to the federal bench in 2010 Navarro represented Clark County, NV as Chief Deputy District Attorney.[5]

Judicial career

District of Nevada

Navarro was nominated by President Obama for a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Nevada vacated by Brian Sandoval.[6][7][8]

The American Bar Association gave her the ratings "Substantial Majority Qualified" and "Minority Not Qualified". Senator Harry Reid, who recommended her to Obama for nomination, said the ABA should "get a new life" in it's ratings. He claimed that the association's system places too much emphasis on judicial experience and not enough on "real world" experience.[9]

Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

Navarro's Public Questionnaire Available Here
Questions for the Record available here

Navarro was scheduled to a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 11, 2010. When questioned about her lack of prior judicial experience, Navarro replied that her practice as a litigator in state and federal courts has prepared her: {{quote|The experiences have given me the opportunity to appear before many different judges with many different styles. I have also had the opportunity to become familiar with many different rules and procedures in different courts. Having that broad range of experience definitely will build a solid foundation for a successful judicial career.[9] The Committee voted to forward her nomination to the full Senate on March 4, 2010[10] ]] The Senate confirmed her 98 - 0 to the court on May 5, 2010.[11][12]

Awards and associations

  • Former president of the Latino Bar Association[2]
  • Recipient of the Louis Wiener Pro Bono Service Award[13]
  • Named "Public Lawyer of the Year" by the Nevada State Bar Association (2002)[4]


Navarro is a first generation American. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Cuba.[2]

See also

External links


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Brian Sandoval
District of Nevada
Seat #4
Succeeded by:

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