For Immediate Release
April 28, 2016
WASHINGTON — Today, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Judge Florence Y. Pan to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. If confirmed, Judge Pan will be the first Asian Pacific American woman to serve as a federal district court judge in the District of Columbia.
“We applaud the nomination of Judge Pan to serve in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,” said Jin Y. Hwang, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). “Judge Pan has demonstrated her ability as a fair and adept jurist in her seven years on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and we strongly encourage the Senate to confirm her to the federal bench.”
In 2009, Judge Pan was nominated by President Obama to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and was confirmed by unanimous consent by the Senate. She was the first judicial nominee to be confirmed under the Obama Administration.
Previously, she served for 10 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including two years as the deputy chief of the appellate division. She also held positions in Department of the Treasury and the Department of Justice, notably in the Office of the Solicitor General. Judge Pan taught at Georgetown University Law Center and American University, Washington College of Law, and is active in her community having served as the Secretary of NAPABA’s Judicial Council. She formerly served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ralph K. Winter, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Judge Pan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford Law School.
NAPABA commends President Obama for nominating Judge Florence Y. Pan to the federal bench and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia for her support of the nomination.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 27, 2016
The U.S. Department of Justice issued new rules to provide greater oversight, consultation, and coordination for all national security related cases.
Although the Department of Justice did not directly tie these changes to any particular case, they appear to be in response to recent high profile cases in which Asian Americans were suspected of economic espionage but were wrongfully indicted and arrested without the full support of the facts.
“We welcome the Department of Justice’s new rules to provide greater oversight in national security cases,” said NCAPA National Director Christopher Kang. “When espionage-related charges are brought against Asian American scientists and dropped without explanation, it gives at least the appearance of profiling based on race, ethnicity, or national origin. Changes were clearly necessary, and while we hope that the additional coordination and oversight will prevent future incidents from occurring, these new policies are too late to repair the damage to the lives, reputations, and careers of Dr. Xiaoxing Xi and Sherry Chen. Both deserve a public apology, and Ms. Chen deserves to keep her job.”
Science has reported that charges have been dropped against five Chinese-born scientists accused of crimes related to trade secrets theft or economic spying. U.S. citizens Dr. Xiaoxing Xi, chair of Temple University’s physics department, and Sherry Chen, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service, were each accused of sharing secret information with China. All charges against both were dropped, but left lasting damage to their careers and reputations.
In response, last November, the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), along with more than 70 Asian American and Pacific Islander, civil rights, and civil liberties organizations, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for an independent investigation into these cases.
Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of 35 national Asian Pacific American organizations that serves to represent the interests of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities’ concerns. Our communities are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, currently making up approximately six percent of the population.
Sponsored by CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund
Please join us for a conference on, Asian American Leadership at CUNY and Higher Education, on Friday, May 6, 2016, from 9:30am to 5pm, at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Concourse Level, Manhattan. This conference is free and open to the general public.
There is a remarkable absence of Asian Americans in the upper ranks of leadership at CUNY,and in higher educationnationwide. AAARI will release the findings of its CUNY Asian American Leadership Initiative Report at this conference, and will address recommendations for outreach and recruitment, as well as development of the student and faculty pipeline for leadership.
This conference will focus on why there is a lack of Asian American leadership, best practices for recruitment and professional development, student leadership, tenure and promotion, as well as the importance of Asian American and Asian Studies in preparing and inspiring the next generation of Asian American Leaders.
Dr. Santa Ono, President, University of Cincinnati
- CUNY Asian American Leadership Initiative Report: Findings, Recommendations and Accountability
- Trajectory to the Top – Barriers on the Path to the Presidency
- Best Practices: Government Agencies, Foundations, Corporate Sector and Professional Organizations
- AABANY’s Issues Committee Co-Chair, Chris Kwok, will be speaking on this panel.
- Student Leadership
- Tenure and Promotion: Process and Advice
- State Of Asian American and Asian Studies at CUNY and Its Importance to Asian American Leadership in Higher Education
- Foundation for the Future – Working Group Discussions
To RSVP and to view the full program for this conference, please visit www.aaari.info/2016leadership.htm. Please be prepared to present proper identification when entering the building lobby.
See you on May 6th!