1999 Inductee - Justice Consuelo Callahan


1999 Inductee - Justice Consuelo Callahan

Law and Justice

Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan was nominated by President George W. Bush on February 12, 2003 to serve as a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit on May of 2003. She was confirmed unanimously (99-0) by the United States Senate. While the Ninth Circuit jurisdiction covers the nine western states, Judge Callahan still lives in Stockton and has her office in Sacramento. Judge Callahan was the first judge in San Joaquin County history to be appointed to the Federal Court.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University, her Juris Doctor from Pacific McGeorge School of Law, and her Masters of Law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. She began her legal career as a Deputy City Attorney in Stockton. Subsequently she was a Deputy District Attorney in San Joaquin County for ten and a half years where she prosecuted major felonies including capital murders, career criminal cases, and child abuse/sexual assault cases.

Prior to going on the Federal Court Bench, she was a state judge for many years. She was first commissioner of the Stockton Municipal Court, and was later appointed twice by Governor Pete Wilson, first to the San Joaquin County Superior Court where she was the first woman and first Latina to serve on that court and later to the Third District Court of Appeal where she was the first San Joaquin Judge in 73 years to be appointed to that court.

When Judge Callahan is not in court, she devotes her time to educational and legal issues. She is currently a Regent for the University of the Pacific as well as a long time member and past president of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law Alumni Association. She is frequently a speaker and participant at high schools, college, and law school programs. Her involvement includes hearing court of appeal arguments in local and northern California high schools. She is a member and past president of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, an organization of judges and lawyers that promotes professionalism, ethics, and civility in the law. She is a member of the Consuelo M. Callahan Inn of Court which was named in her honor and began in 2006. She is also an editor of the Rutter Group Employment Practice Guide.

Other honors include the Susan B. Anthony Award for legal services, Peacemaker of the Year Award in 1997, San Joaquin County Law Day Award Recipient in 2001, Action on Behalf of Children (ABC) Award in 2002, Italian Athletic Club Citizenship and Service award in 2005, Alumna of the Year Award for Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 2005, Sacramento County Bar Association Judge of the Year Award in 2006, and Outstanding Community Achievement Award from the Latino Law Students Association in 2007.

Judge Callahan is married and has two adult children. She enjoys reading and dance classes for recreation.