U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
NominatedSeptember 30, 2021
ConfirmedDecember 17, 2021
Judge Linda Lopez was confirmed by the Senate on December 17th, 2021. She previously served as a federal magistrate judge for the Southern District of California from 2018 to 2021.
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.
Upon confirmation, Judge Lopez became 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.