US Senate confirms new federal judge for the Central District of California
The Central District has jurisdiction over San Luis Obispo County
– The United States Senate has confirmed the nomination of President Joe Biden to the Superior Court of Los Angeles County Judge Sherilyn Peace Garnett serve as a federal district judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Judge Garnett will preside over the cases in Los Angeles in the Western Division of the Court.
Judge Garnett has served as a judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County since her appointment by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014. Judge Garnett has presided over criminal cases for misdemeanors and felonies, including more than 30 trials. Additionally, from June to October 2016, she served as a pro judge on the California Court of Appeals for the Second District, Division 7. She also served on the Community Outreach and Diversity Committees of the Superior Court of California. Los Angeles County.
Prior to her appointment as a Superior Court judge, from 2001 to 2014, Judge Garnett served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. As Assistant United States Attorney, she investigated, charged, and prosecuted hundreds of cases, including drug trafficking, violent and organized crime, child exploitation, arson, fraud, money laundering, explosives and destructive devices, air security, fake bomb and anthrax threats, and threats against the President and protected dignitaries.
She has regularly appeared in court and handled all aspects of criminal proceedings, including defending pre-trial motions, conducting trials, and handling appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit. From 2008 to 2011, she worked in the National Security Section, where she served as the Domestic Terrorism Coordinator for the Central District of California. In 2011, she joined the General Crimes Section, where she served as Deputy Chief and then Section Chief. Additionally, while serving as an Assistant United States Attorney, she taught a legal writing and oral advocacy course at the USC Gould School of Law from 2008 to 2010.
Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Judge Garnett worked as an associate at Arnold & Porter, LLC from 1999 to 2000. There she argued a variety of civil matters involving, among others, insurance law, contract disputes and product liability. From 1998 to 1999, Judge Garnett served as law clerk to the Honorable Barry Ted Moskowitz in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. After law school, from 1995 to 1998, Justice Garnett worked as an associate at Altheimer & Gray, LLP, where she specialized in civil litigation.
Throughout her career, Justice Garnett has been involved with several bar associations and judges. She has also dedicated time to educating and empowering youth by speaking on panels, teaching and mentoring students and new lawyers. Justice Garnett received her Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, from the University of California, Riverside in 1991, and her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1995.
Judge Garnett fills the vacancy that arose when the late District Judge Manuel L. Real assumed senior status in November 2018. Including the appointment of Judge Garnett, the Central District of California has 28 licensed judge positions under Article III, five of which are currently vacant.
The Central District of California includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. It serves more than 19.3 million people, or nearly half of the state of California’s population.