2009 Inductee - Mary Aguirre


2009 Inductee - Mary Aguirre

Law & Justice

Mary was born on November 5, 1963 in Santa Ana, California to Elena Gonzalez and Manuel Aguirre, both born and raised in Guadalajara. Her dad worked as a machinist and her mom worked seasonally at cannery and food packing jobs. In Stockton, she attended Jefferson, Roosevelt, Fremont schools, and graduated from Franklin High School in 1982, where she was Salutatorian. In 1982, she attended University of the Pacific, and graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in both English and Psychology, while working as a tutor, student advisor, and the campus radio station KUOP-FM. In 1986, she received a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship, attending U.O.P.’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, where she graduated in 1989 with a Juris Doctorate Degree.

After passing the California Bar Exam in 1989, Mary worked for the San Joaquin County’s District Attorney’s Office. She has supervised the Domestic Violence Unit, and Deputy District Attorneys in the narcotics unit, and is a member of the Child Abuse & Sexual Assault and Juvenile Units.

Bilingual, Mary helps Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence and witnesses in child abuse cases; she helps at U.O.P.’s C.I.P., SUCCESS, and Upward Bound Programs, serves on the C.I.P. Advisory Board, Educational Equity Programs Advisory Board, is a Board Member of Stockton Shelter For The Homeless, serving as both its Vice-president, and President, and is on the Board of Directors for the Veteran’s Stand Down Inc.

Mary helped to organize the county’s Homeless Court in 2006, serving as its Deputy District Attorney, and to restructure and reactivate the Women’s Lawyers Section of the County Bar Association and District Attorney’s office, which provides the legal community with training, and professional opportunities, serving as its Chair, Vice Chair, and Board Member. She is founding member of the Judge Consuelo M. Callahan Inn of Court, which provides support to local charitable organizations and helped establish a local chapter in Stockton. She received the Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Award in 2005, and named Prosecutor of the Year by the California Narcotics Association, Region 2, in 2008. She met her husband Jerry Ruiz at U.O.P. and they married in 1992. They have one daughter, Lauren.