Alumni: Nelva Gonzales Ramos

Texas State alumna nominated
for federal district judgeship

Nelva Gonzales Ramos

Texas State graduate Nelva Gonzales Ramos has been nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

She currently is a state district court judge in Corpus Christi.

Her nomination was announced Wednesday by the White House, and she is supported by Democratic congressmen from Texas as well as both of the state’s U.S. senators. She still must be confirmed by Congress.

The native of Port Lavaca graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1987. She earned a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas Law School in 1991.

Ramos has been the 347th District Court judge since 2001; before that, she was a municipal judge and worked in private practice. The 45-year-old is replacing Judge Hayden Head, who announced his retirement in 2009.

“She’s going to make an excellent judge,” Corpus Christi attorney Tony Canales told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “She had an excellent academic record. She had a good life experience and good trial experience. She’s very highly thought of by all the legal community.”

Canales served on the nomination committee that interviewed applicants. He told the Caller-Times that Ramos was the panel’s top choice.

She regularly has been ranked as the best district judge by members of the Corpus Christi Bar Association. Fellow district state court judge Jose Longoria told the Caller-Times she had a brilliant legal mind.

“Judge Ramos has strong Texas roots,” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said in a statement. “She has an outstanding educational background from Texas State University and the University of Texas School of Law, and her valuable experience as a civil ligation lawyer and state district court judge will surely help her serve the Texas public well.”

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