President Barack Obama appointed him to the bench in 2011. He has gained notoriety through his handling of the lawsuit involving "Trump University," one of several enterprises founded and run by Donald J. Trump, who ran for President in 2016.
In fact, Judge Curiel revealed freely his association with the Hispanic advocacy group La Raza Lawyers of San Diego (not to be confused with the National Council of La Raza) and the Latino Judges Association. Moreover, he has perhaps sullied his reputation for impartiality with a series of questionable rulings.
- Curiel, Gonzalo P.: public questionnaire for nominees to the federal judiciary(pdf). From the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 2011.
- SDLRLA Press Release Re: Donald Trump, By Luis O. Osuna, San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association President. Retrieved 12 June 2016<http://sdlrla.com/trumppressrelease/>
- Invitation to a judiciary reception, La Raza Lawyers' Association of San Diego, 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016.<http://sdlrla.com/judiciary-reception-rsvp-today/>
- Johnson CC. "Wow! Trump-hating 'Mexican Judge' awarded scholarships to illegal immigrants," GotNews.com. Retrieved 9 June 2016. <http://gotnews.com/mexican-judge-gonzalo-curiel/>