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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street N.W., Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Emily Chatterjee

January 6, 2011

(202) 775-9555

NAPABA WELCOMES RENOMINATION OF JUDICIAL NOMINEES
PROFESSOR GOODWIN LIU AND JUDGE EDWARD M. CHEN,
URGES SENATE TO PRIORITIZE JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS

WASHINGTON - Wednesday, President Obama renominated Professor Goodwin Liu and Judge Edward M. Chen to the federal bench along with 40 others. Leaders from the Asian Pacific American community are renewing their call for a swift and fair confirmation for both men.

"We applaud President Obama for renominating Professor Liu and Judge Chen and for his commitment to getting both men confirmed in the new Congress," said Paul O. Hirose, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). "Our courts are overburdened and these well-qualified nominees would fill 'judicial emergencies' that should not remain vacant a moment longer."

Both men received the highest possible rating from the American Bar Association and would fill vacancies designated as "judicial emergencies." There are 96 vacancies in the federal judiciary, 44 of which are considered "emergencies."

"We urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider the nominations of Professor Liu and Judge Chen without delay, their records are a matter of public record and the Committee has already thoroughly vetted each nominee numerous times," said Tina Matsuoka, executive director of NAPABA. "We expect the Senate leadership to schedule a floor vote promptly and without any additional delays. Any further delay for Judge Chen's nomination would be particularly egregious."

Judge Chen was originally nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Aug. 5, 2009. He has waited longer than any of the president's judicial nominees - more than 500 days - for a confirmation vote. Professor Liu was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Feb. 24, 2010.

NAPABA looks forward to working with the new Senate on scheduling swift votes for Professor Liu and Judge Chen. We hope that the Senate will prioritize the needs of the judiciary and the administration of justice above politics in the 112th Congress.

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The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 62 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.


 

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