The Honorable Mary H. Murguia
United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
Judge Mary Murguia of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit comes from a family with a strong commitment to public service.
After earning two bachelor’s degrees and a J.D. from the University of Kansas, she began her legal career as an assistant district attorney in the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office in Kansas City, Kansas. During her five years with that office, Murguia was responsible for all aspects of felony criminal prosecution, with an emphasis on sex crimes and child abuse. She tried more than 40 felony jury trials to verdict.
In 1990, Murguia joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona and, four years later, she was promoted to criminal chief deputy of that office. In 1998, Murguia moved to Washington, D.C., and became counsel to the director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice. A year later, she was appointed director of that office. In that capacity, she provided oversight and support to the 94 U.S. attorney’s offices across the country.
In providing this support and oversight, Murguia supervised 22 staffs comprised of approximately 270 employees and was responsible for the administration and appropriation of over $1 billion.
In 2000, Murguia was appointed to the U.S. District Court in Arizona, becoming the first Latina to serve as a federal district court judge in that state. In early 2011, she joined the 9th Circuit bench.