Judge Jesus G. Bernal | Trellis

The Honorable Jesus G. Bernal

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Department 1

Biography

The Hon. Jesus G. Bernal is a District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Eastern Division. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in April 2012 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2012. He filled the seat vacated by the resignation of the Hon. Stephen G. Larson.

Judge Bernal graduated cum laude with his B.A. from Yale University in 1986. He went on to earn his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1989.

After serving a two-year clerkship with the Hon. David V. Kenyon with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Bernal began his legal career in private practice. He joined the law firm Heller, Ehrman, White, and McAuliffe LLP as an associate in 1991. His five years as a civil litigator there would prove to be his only foray into the private sector.

In 1996, Bernal became a deputy federal public defender with the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California. During his sixteen year tenure with the Federal Defender's Office, Bernal would serve as the directing attorney for the Riverside office from 2006 until 2012, at which time he became the chief of trials for the Los Angeles office. He was serving in that capacity at the time of his nomination to the District Court.

Bernal previously served as the secretary of the Riverside County Bar Association.

He was born in Culiacán, Mexico.

Education

J.D. from Stanford Law School (1989)

B.A. from Yale University (1986)

Career

Chief of Trials at Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California in Los Angeles County, California (2012 to 2012)

Directing Attorney at Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California in Riverside County, California (2006 to 2012)

Deputy Federal Public Defender at Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California (1996 to 2006)

Associate at Heller, Ehrman, White, and McAuliffe LLP in Los Angeles County, California (1991 to 1996)

Clerk at U.S. District Court for the Central District of California with the Hon. David V. Kenyon in Los Angeles County, California (1989 to 1991)

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