University of California, Santa Barbara.
She served as Chief Judge for the district from 2011 to 2013. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1968 and a Juris Doctor from Arizona State University College of Law in 1971. She was a law clerk for Justice Lorna Lockwood of the Supreme Court of Arizona from 1971 to 1972.
She was in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona from 1972 to 1974.
Silver then served as an adviser and litigator for the Education Division of the Navajo Nation"s Native American Rights Fund from 1974 to 76. She was an in house labor counsel for the Greyhound Corporation from 1976 to 1978.
Silver returned to private practice in Phoenix, Arizona in 1978 before becoming a trial attorney for the Equal Opportunity Commission in 1979. She was an assistant United States. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1980 to 1984.
Silver became an assistant Arizona attorney general in 1984 and served until she returned to the United States. Attorney"s office in 1986.
In 1989, she was promoted to Chief of the criminal division. Judge
Silver was nominated by President Bill Clinton on September 14, 1994, to a seat on the United States. District Court for Arizona vacated by Earl H. Carroll. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 7, 1994, and received her commission on October 11, 1994.
She took senior status on September 3, 2013.
Silver became Chief Judge in January 2011 after the shooting death of previous Chief Judge John Roll during the 2011 assassination attempt of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, serving until she took senior status.