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Salvador Mendoza Jr.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

NominatedApril 13, 2022

ConfirmedSeptember 12, 2022

  • Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on September 12, 2022.

  • Previously, he served as a federal district court judge for the U.S. Eastern District of Washington, where he was appointed in 2014.

  • From 2013-2014 Judge Mendoza served as a Washington State Superior Court Judge.

  • From 1999 to 2013, Judge Mendoza was a solo practitioner then president of a small law firm in Eastern Washington, and also served as a judge pro tempore on various local courts. His law firm focused mostly on private criminal defense work but also included pro bono work with the Northwest Justice Project serving clients who could not afford legal representation.

  • From 1998 to 1999, Judge Mendoza served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. From 1997 to 1998, he was an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Washington State Attorney General.

  • If confirmed he would be the first Latino judge from Washington to serve on the 9th Circuit.

  • Judge Mendoza received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1997, and his B.A. from the University of Washington in 1994.