Yesterday was a big day for Nelva Gonzales Ramos: She was sworn in formally to a U.S. district court bench in Texas. Ricardo Hinojosa, chief judge of the Southern District of Texas, swore Ramos in before an audience at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center. “I had so many different people there, friends, family and colleagues. It was special to me but probably a regular investiture,” she says. One of the people watching as she took her oath was Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head of Corpus Christi, the judge she is replacing. “As a young lawyer I was a little afraid of Judge Head. And never did I think I would be in a position to replace him,” Ramos says. Any assumptions that Ramos’ short tenure as a federal judge has been all pomp and circumstance up to now would be mistaken. Ramos says she has been hard at work in the Corpus Christi federal courthouse since Aug. 8, shortly after the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination. Ramos already has written two summary judgment opinions, she says.
-- John Council