The Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers is a district judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She was nominated to the bench by former President Barack Obama on May 4, 2011, to fill a seat vacated by the Hon. Vaughn R. Walker.
Gonzalez Rogers earned an A.B. from Princeton University in 1987. She then completed a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1991.
She began her legal career as an associate at Cooley LLP in 1991. She practiced there as a civil litigator for the next twelve years, handling business technology and real estate matters. She became an equity partner of the firm in 1999.
Then, in 2003, Gonzalez Rogers left the legal world in order to raise her three children. During this time, she chaired an election to increase property taxes, a measure designed to increase funding for local public schools. She also conducted investigations into local governmental agencies as a volunteer for the Civil Grand Jury of Alameda County, and she served as a judge pro tem for the Superior Court of Alameda County.
Gonzalez Rogers was appointed as a judge for the Superior Court of Alameda County by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008. She served in that capacity until her nomination to the United States District Court.
Her memberships have included California La Raza Lawyers Association, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and La Raza Centro Legal.
Gonzalez Rogers was a recipient of the Judge of the Year Award from the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association in 2010. She also received the Outstanding Service Award from the Piedmont Unified School District (2005) and the Outstanding Service Award from the Hispanic National Bar Association (1993).
She was born in Houston, Texas.
She is registered as a Democrat.
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