Professionally Diverse

Linda Lopez

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

NominatedSeptember 30, 2021

  • Judge Linda Lopez has served as a federal magistrate judge for the Southern District of California since 2018.
  • Lopez worked for eleven years at the Federal Defenders of San Diego, where she also served as the office’s liaison for community outreach.
  • Lopez also worked as a criminal defense attorney in Miami as a solo practitioner, where she served on the Criminal Justice Act Panel and represented indigent defendants in federal court on a court-appointed basis.
  • If confirmed, Lopez would be the only former public defender and the only active Latina judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
  • Lopez received her B.A. from Florida International University in 1996 and her J.D. from the University of MIami School of Law in 1999.