Marilyn L. Huff was appointed in 1991 as a federal district judge for the Southern District of California. She was Chief Judge of the Southern District of California from 1998 to 2005. She took senior status on October 1, 2016.

She is the president of the Federal Judges Association and a member of the United States Judicial Conference Budget Committee, the Board of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers in San Diego and the Executive Board of the Louis Welsh American Inns of Court.  

Previously, she was a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Judicial Resources Committee, and liaison to the Evidence Rules Committee. She also was a member of the Ninth Circuit Education Committee, the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, the Chairperson of the Ninth Circuit Public Information and Community Outreach Committee, and the Ninth Circuit Fairness and Gender Fairness Committees.

She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan law school in 1976 and a B.A. from Calvin College in 1972. She was a lawyer in private practice in San Diego from 1976 to 1991. She received the San Diego County Bar Association’s awards for Legal Professional of the Year and Service to the Legal Profession.