NAPABA Applauds the Nomination of Judge Eumi K. Lee to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

For Immediate Release:
Date: August 3, 2023

Contact: Rahat N. Babar, Deputy Executive Director for Policy

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden nominated Judge Eumi K. Lee to serve on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

“NAPABA congratulates Judge Eumi K. Lee on her nomination. She is exceptionally well qualified, with experience on the bench, private practice, and academia,” said Sandra Leung, President of NAPABA. “Judge Lee is active in the AANHPI community. She was the first Korean American woman to serve as president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, and she was a recipient of the 2011 NAPABA Best Under 40 Award. Judge Lee also served as pro bono counsel to Fred T. Korematsu in his brief before the Supreme Court of the United States in Rumsfeld v. Padilla. We applaud President Biden for nominating Judge Lee and urge the Senate to confirm her swiftly.”

Judge Lee has served as a judge on the Superior Court of California in Alameda County since 2018. She was the first Korean American judge ever appointed to the court in Alameda County. Previously, Judge Lee was a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, and co-founded and co-directed the Hastings Institute for Criminal Justice. Earlier in her career, she was an associate at Keker & Van Nest LLP and Thelen, Reid & Priest LLP. Judge Lee clerked for Judge Warren J. Ferguson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Jerome Turner on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from Pomona College.

NAPABA thanks United States Senators Feinstein and Padilla for recommending and supporting Judge Lee’s 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.