Elected Member

The Hon. Consuelo M. Callahan

Sacramento, CA
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Education
Stanford University
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Consuelo María "Connie" Callahan is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Her chambers are located in Sacramento.  She graduated from Stanford University in 1972 with Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in English. She graduated from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, with a Juris Doctor in 1975. In 2004, she received a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Consuelo Callahan began her law career as the Deputy City Attorney for Stockton, California, and then became Deputy District Attorney in San Joaquin County, California. She focused her practice on child abuse and sexual assault cases. In 1986, she became a commissioner of the Stockton Municipal Court. In 1992, she became the first Hispanic woman to be appointed to the San Joaquin County Superior Court. In 1996, Governor Pete Wilson appointed her to serve on the Third District California Court of Appeal in Sacramento. On February 12, 2003, Callahan was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Her Senate confirmation hearing was on May 7, 2003. On May 22, 2003, she was confirmed by a 99-0 vote. She received her judicial commission on May 28, 2003.

On July 14, 2014 Judge Callahan was presented the Ninth Circuit Professionalism Award from the American Inns of Court. The award presentation occurred at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in Monterey, California and was presented by Dean Deanell Reece Tacha of the Pepperdine University School of Law; Dean Tacha was a retired judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and current president of the American Inns of Court Foundation.

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Areas of Expertise
Children and the Law (Family Law)
Sexual Assault (Criminal Law)