Judge Gloria M. Navarro was appointed to the U.S. District Court of Nevada by President Barack Obama and took the oath of office on May 25, 2010. Judge Navarro served as Chief Judge from January 2014 until September 2019. She was appointed to the Ninth Circuit IT Committee where she enjoyed creating several presentations for judges about her paperless chambers and how to leverage technology including iPads, Remote Access, Apple TV, Courtroom Technology, and the Microsoft Word iPad App. In 2015, she was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to the Information Technology Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and served two terms until 2021. In 2022, she was appointed by Chief Judge Murguia to Chair the Ninth Circuit IT Committee.

Judge Navarro has also served as a Patent Pilot Program Judge since 2011, the inception of the Patent Pilot Program, which was established pursuant to Pub. L. No. 111-349, until the program ended in 2022.

Judge Navarro is the first Hispanic woman appointed to the U.S. District of Nevada, the first Hispanic chief judge, and the first female chief judge in the U.S. District of Nevada.