NAPABA Press Release: Jacqueline Nguyen and John Lee Confirmed
On May 7, NAPABA and AAJC jointly issued the following press release:
Jacqueline Nguyen Confirmed as First-Ever Asian Pacific American Female Federal Appellate Court Judge; John Z. Lee Also Confirmed For Federal District Court in Illinois
WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen to be a Circuit Court Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and also confirmed John Z. Lee to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Nguyen is the first-ever Asian Pacific American female to serve as a federal appellate court judge anywhere in the nation. Judge Lee is only the second Asian Pacific American to serve as an Article III judge in Illinois.
For the full text of the press release, click on the title of this entry.
The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) welcomes and applauds the news that President Barack Obama has nominated Lorna G. Schofield to serve as a federal district court judge in the Southern District of New York. “AABANY is delighted to learn that President Obama has nominated Lorna Schofield to serve on the Southern District of New York bench” said Jean Lee, President of AABANY. “If confirmed, Ms. Schofield would be the first Filipino-American to serve as an Article III federal judge in the history of this country, which would be a legacy of both the Second Circuit and New York State.” Click here to read the full press release.
On Wednesday March 28, NAPABA and The Asian American Justice Center reported:
Today, the Senate voted to confirm Miranda Mai Du to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. Judge Du is the first-ever Asian Pacific American to serve as an Article III judge in Nevada.
“We congratulate Judge Du on her confirmation, and thank Senator Reid for both suggesting her name to President Obama and scheduling her confirmation vote,” said Nimesh M. Patel, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). “Judge Du is a nominee with a wealth of experiences and qualifications. She also has an inspiring life story, and will add much needed diversity of perspective on the federal court in Nevada.”
Read the full press release here.
Senate Leaders Agree to Move Forward on the Confirmation of Three Asian Pacific American Judicial Nominees
On March 15 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reached an agreement to allow votes on all three Asian Pacific American nominees pending on the Senate floor. The Asian Pacific American nominees include Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen, nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Miranda Du, nominee to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, and John Z. Lee, nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Nguyen, Ms. Du, and Mr. Lee have all been nominated to fill vacancies that are classified as “judicial emergencies.” Eleven other judicial nominees were also included in the Senate deal, and it is expected that all 14 judicial nominees will receive a floor vote by May 7th.
Read the full press release here.
NYLJ: Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary
Theo Cheng, Co-Chair of AABANY’s Judiciary Committee, shares this link from the December 12 New York Law Journal which describes the work of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee in helping to screen highly qualified candidates for New York’s family, criminal and civil courts. This article should be of interest to anyone seeking to learn more about New York’s judicial system and the role of the Mayor and his committee in selecting candidates to the bench.
NYLJ: Bloomberg Appointments to Civil and Family Court
Judiciary Committee Co-Chair Theo Cheng shares a link from the Dec. 12 New York Law Journal on the legacy Mayor Bloomberg is building through his judicial appointments. The article should be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about New York’s judicial system and the role played by the Mayor and his committee in the selection process.
Vincent Chang sat on a New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) panel at a public hearing on Friday, December 2 that addressed the impact of present and future budget cuts on the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Chief Judge Loretta Preska of the SDNY and Chief Judge Carol Amon of the EDNY testified at the hearing, which discussed, among other things, the effect that budget cuts would have on public safety, including courthouse security, as well as pretrial and probation supervisory services. The hearing also addressed issues relating to cutbacks in services provided to lawyers and to the public, such as cuts in clerk’s office support staff, docketing, interpreters, court reporting, audio visual, IT, and other areas, which could result in increased delays and other challenges to the administration of justice.
NYCLA Forum on November 2 to Focus on Judicial Independence
From a press release issued by NYCLA on October 24:
On Wednesday, November 2, the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) is hosting a free forum, “Should a Judge Be Required to Face Accusations in a Public Forum? Is Justice Mute?,” at the Home of Law on 14 Vesey Street from 6:00-8:00 PM. Judicial experts will be discussing:
- What resources are available to an investigative journalist to present a balanced story;
- What the press’ responsibility is to ensure balanced reporting of public accusations against a judge;
- What meaningful due process protections should be provided to a judge who stands accused in a public setting; and
- The debate over whether judicial disciplinary hearings should be open or closed.
The forum is free and open to the public. This program is sponsored by the NYCLA Justice Center and Task Force on Judicial Independence, which comprises lawyers, judges and academics and was established in 2006 in keeping with the Association’s long history of commitment to an independent judiciary.
For more information, please contact Anita Aboulafia 212 267-6646 ext. 225 [email protected]
WSJ: Senator Schumer Makes His Mark on NY Fed Cts
Published in the Wall Street Journal on Oct. 7.
Mr. Schumer, who has a law degree, said he seeks three criteria in a candidate: an excellent legal résumé—as he put it, “no political hacks"—a sense of moderation and diversity.
"When you get all three, that’s the Triple Crown,” he said.
For full story, click on the link in the title.
Hon. Denny Chin Talks to NYT About His Sentencing Decisions
“There’s no doubt that all of these cases shaped me,” Judge Chin said, “and shaped the way I think, and the way I respond to things.”