President Barack Obama yesterday nominated 347th State District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos to become a U.S. district judge in Corpus Christi, replacing U.S. District Judge Hayden Head, who took senior status in 2009. In a prepared statement U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, praised the nomination. “Judge Ramos has strong Texas roots. 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,” Cornyn wrote. Ramos did not immediately return a call for comment. The nomination likely also will please U.S. District Judge Janice Graham Jack of Corpus Christi, who has expressed concern to Texas Lawyer about the lack of movement in replacing federal judges in Corpus Christi. Jack plans to take senior status in June.
— John Council