U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
NominatedSeptember 20, 2021
ConfirmedJune 13, 2023
Judge Hernán Vera was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on June 13, 2023.
Previously, he served as a judge on the Los Angeles County Superior Court starting in 2020.
From 2002 to 2014, Vera worked at Public Counsel, the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the country, eventually serving as the firm’s president and CEO. During his tenure as president, Public Counsel more than doubled in size.
From 1996 to 1997, Vera was a staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
Only two former MALDEF lawyers have ever served on the federal bench. If confirmed, Vera and his fellow Biden nominee David Urias would be the third and fourth, respectively.
He received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1991 and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1994. He clerked for Judge Consuelo B. Marshall of the Central District of California.