The Honorable Barbara L. Major

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, Department Suite 1110


The Hon. Barbara L. Major is a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, San Diego Division. She was appointed to the District Court in 2004.

Judge Major graduated with her B.A. in human biology from Stanford University in 1983. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1987.

Major began her legal career as a clerk for the Hon. J. Lawrence Irving with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in 1987. The following year, she joined the law firm Bronson, Bronson, and McKinnon.

Then, in 1990, Major left private practice to become an assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California. During her twelve-year tenure with the USAO, Major served in various capacities including the Child Exploitation and Obscenity coordinator and Computer and Telecommunications coordinator from 2000 to 2003. She served as the chief of the USAO's Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Unit from 2000 to 2002 and the deputy chief of the Major Frauds Section from 2002 to 2003. She remained with the USAO until her appointment to the District Court in 2004.

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