|Judge Analisa Torres (red) reacting to Justice Sotomayor's swearingin.|
"These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system," said President Obama. "They also represent my continued commitment to ensure that the judiciary resembles the nation it serves. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity. Too many of our courtrooms stand empty. I hope the Senate will promptly consider all of my nominees and ensure justice for everyday Americans.”
Kenneth John Gonzales: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
Kenneth John Gonzales currently serves as the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to his confirmation by the Senate, Gonzales spent eleven years working in the same office as an Assistant United States Attorney. In 2001, he was commissioned an officer in the United States Army Reserve. He presently holds the rank of Major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. From 1996 to 1999, Gonzales worked as a Legislative Assistant for United States Senator Jeff Bingaman. He began his legal career clerking for the Honorable Joseph Baca, Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, from 1994 to 1996. Gonzales received his J.D. in 1994 from the University of New Mexico School of Law and his B.A. in 1988 from the University of New Mexico.
Judge Analisa Torres: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Judge Analisa Torres currently serves as a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, where she has handled criminal felony cases since 2010. Judge Torres served as an Acting Justice of the same court in Bronx County from 2004 to 2009. From 2003 to 2004, she was a judge on the New York Civil Court and from 2000 to 2002 she was a judge on the New York Criminal Court. From 1992 to 1999, Judge Torres clerked for the Honorable Elliot Wilk of the New York State Supreme Court. She also served as a Commissioner of the New York City Planning Commission from 1993 to 1995. During the early portion of her legal career, Judge Torres worked for seven years as a real estate associate at three New York City law firms. Judge Torres received her J.D. in 1984 from Columbia Law School and her B.A. in 1981 from Harvard College.