Judge Elaine Lu received her A.B. and B.S. degrees from Stanford University in 1989 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1994. After graduation, she worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Rudi M. Brewster of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She passed the California bar in 1995. In 1997, she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California working in the major frauds section, later becoming Deputy Chief of the general crimes section. She was appointed to the bench in 2007 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She is a democrat.