President Donald Trump has nominated Shireen Mathews as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. If confirmed, Matthews will be the first Asian Pacific American woman and first Indian-American to serve as an Article III federal judge in the Southern District, a Press Trust of India report said, citing the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
According to the U.S. Courts website, Article III states that these judges “hold their office during good behavior,” which means they have a lifetime appointment, except under very limited circumstances. Article III judges can be removed from office only through impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction by the Senate.
Article III judgeships are created by legislation enacted by Congress. Currently, Matthews is a partner at Jones Day, the fifth-largest law firm in the country, in San Diego. Her profile on Jones Day website describes her as a “former federal prosecutor who now helps companies conduct internal investigations and build, enhance, and maintain effective corporate compliance programs.”
Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Mathews served as the Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of California. She also has broad criminal trial experience and has successfully briefed and argued several cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
She serves as a Lawyer Representative for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and is on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Chapter of the South Asian Bar Association.
She also serves on Jones Day’s firm-wide Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Committee and is actively involved in the Firm’s pro bono initiative to provide legal assistance to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.