NAPABA Applauds the Nomination of Judge Dena M. Coggins

For Immediate Release: 
Date: February 8, 2024 
ContactRahat N. Babar, Deputy Executive Director for Policy 

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, President Joe Biden nominated Judge Dena M. Coggins to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

“NAPABA congratulates Judge Dena M. Coggins on her nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. With nearly a decade of judicial service, Judge Coggins is well qualified to serve on the bench. We urge the Senate to confirm her quickly,” said Anna Mercado Clark, President of NAPABA. 

Judge Dena Michaela Coggins is the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento, having served in that position since 2023 and as a Superior Court judge since 2021. Judge Coggins was previously an Administrative Law Judge with the State of California’s Office of Administrative Hearings, in the General Jurisdiction Division from 2018 to 2021 and the Special Education Division from 2015 to 2017. Between her positions as an Administrative Law Judge, Judge Coggins served as a supervising attorney and hearing officer at the State of California Victim Compensation Board from 2017 to 2018. From 2013 to 2015, she served as a Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary for the Governor of California. Prior to her state government service, Judge Coggins worked as an associate at Downey Brand L.L.P. from 2012 to 2013 and at Morrison & Foerster L.L.P. from 2007 to 2012. Judge Coggins received her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2006 and her B.S. from California State University, Sacramento in 2003.

“President Biden has nominated 39 AANHPIs to an Article III court, and 30 judges from our community have been confirmed,” said Priya Purandare, Executive Director of NAPABA. “If President Biden’s nominees are confirmed, AANHPI Article III judges will reflect our representation in the U.S. population at 8%.” 

NAPABA thanks President Biden for nominating Judge Dena M. Coggins and Senators Padilla and Butler for supporting her nomination.


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) represents the interests of over 60,000 Asian Pacific American (APA) legal professionals and nearly 90 national, state, and local APA bar associations. NAPABA is a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Through its national network, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of all backgrounds in the legal profession.