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Mary Murguia

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Mary Murguia
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Station:   Phoenix, AZ
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   89-0
Active:   1/4/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Michael Hawkins
Succeeded by:   Diane Humetewa
Past post:   District of Arizona
Past term:   2000 - 2011
Personal History
Born:   1960
Hometown:   Kansas City, KS
Undergraduate:   University of Kansas, 1982
Law School:   University of Kansas Law School, 1985

Mary H. Murguia is a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She was nominated to this position on March 25, 2010, by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the Senate on December 22, 2010.[1]

Early life and education

A native of Kansas, Murguia graduated from the University of Kansas with two bachelor's degrees in 1982 and later graduated from the University of Kansas Law School with her Juris Doctor degree in 1985.[2]

Professional career

  • 1999-2000: Director
  • 1999: Principal Deputy Director
  • 1998-1999:Counsel to the Director's Staff
  • 1990-2000: Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona
  • 1985-1990: Assistant District Attorney, Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office[2]

Judicial career

Ninth Circuit

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Mary Murguia
 Court:Ninth Circuit
 Progress:Confirmed 272 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:March 25, 2010
ApprovedAABA Rating:Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:July 15, 2010
ApprovedAReported:August 5, 2010 
ApprovedAConfirmed:December 22, 2010
 Vote: 89-0

Murguia was nominated for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Obama.[3]

The American Bar Association's substantial majority rated Murguia as Qualified, a minority rated her as Well Qualified.[4]

Ninth Circuit nomination

Judge Murguia was nominated for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Obama on March 25, 2010. Obama said of the nomination:

Judge Murguia has displayed an outstanding commitment to public service throughout her career and as a District Judge in Arizona. I am honored to nominate her today for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals and confident she will serve the American people with fairness and integrity.[3][5]

Judiciary Committee hearing

Committee Questionnaire available here
Questions For The Record Available Here

Murguia's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was July 15, 2010.[6] Murguia's nomination was voted out of committee 19 -0 on August 5, 2010.[7]

Murguia's nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 22, 2010.[1]

District of Arizona

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, Murguia was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Arizona by President Bill Clinton on July 21, 2000. She was nominated for a new judgeship created by 113 Stat. 1501 which was approved by Congress.[8] Murguia was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 3, 2000, on a majority voice vote and received her commission on October 13, 2000.[9][2][10]

She is the first Latina to serve the District of Arizona from the federal bench.[11]

Notable cases

Recusal from Joe Arpaio racial profiling case (2009)

     United States District Court for the District of Arizona (Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, et at., v. Joseph M. Arpaio, et al.,, US CV-07-2513-PHX-MHM)

On July 17, 2009, Judge Murguia recused herself from a racial profiling lawsuit filed against Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio. The Sheriff is being sued over allegations that his department unfairly targets immigrants during crime reduction sweeps.[12] Attorneys for the Sheriff's office filed a motion in February of 2009 to reassign the case to another judge. The motion asked the judge to recuse herself when attorneys became aware that the judge’s twin sister was the President of the National Council of La Raza. The organization had written articles in its publications criticizing the crime reduction sweeps.[12]

See also

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Michael D. Hawkins
Ninth Circuit
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
District of Arizona
Succeeded by:
Diane Humetewa

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