- First Latina to serve on the U.S. District Court of Arizona
- Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys in Washington D.C.
- Appointed by President Obama in 2010 to the United States Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit
- Founding member of the KU School of Law’s first Women’s Advisory Council
Mary Murguia received her Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Kansas School Of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts and Science in Spanish and Journalism, respectively. In March 2010, she was nominated by President Obama for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals. Obama stated “I am honored to nominate her and am confident that she will serve the American people with fairness and integrity.” Judge Murguia was the first Latina to serve on the U.S. District Court of Arizona and has served in many capacities including: Assistant District Attorney in Kansas City, Kansas; Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona; Criminal Deputy Chief; and Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys in Washington, D.C.; among many others. Her accomplishments have paved the way for her continued success.
Judge Murguia has distinguished herself nationally in law and has served women and Hispanics by providing “substantial wisdom and experience as a mentor and adviser to the students” as Dr. Gail B. Agrawal wrote. Murguia was a founding member of the KU School of Law’s first Women’s Advisory Council, which provides the dean guidance on the recruitment, retention, and preparation of women students for the rigors of their professional lives. As one recommender stated “she is passionate about the things she loves.”
Judge Murguia uses her inspirational life story to motivate others and she has been an incredible influence for all Hispanics. Sarah Strunk described this by stating, “Despite her impressive background, Mary has always been a humble person. She knows no strangers in her life. She is a person that knows the name of every administrative assistant, receptionist, security guard, and every other person who comes at the end of the day to clean up. In addition, while she has a strong, internal moral compass, she is never self-righteous. Mary believes and expects the best in all people.”