FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NAPABA Contact: Emily Chatterjee (202) 775-9555
September 10, 2010
AAJC Contact: Nicole Duran (202) 296-2300, ext. 144
Asian American Leaders Comment
on Goodwin H. Liu and Edward M. Chen
Federal Judicial Nominations
||Call ~ Status of Liu nomination to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Chen nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California;
Need for Immediate Confirmation Before Senate Adjourns for Election Recess;
Enthusiasm and Efforts of the Asian American Community to Confirm Liu and Chen.
||Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
||213-289-0500; Access Code 463452
||Joseph J. Centeno, President, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association;
Emily Chatterjee, Policy Director, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association;
Jason Lagria, Attorney, Asian American Justice Center
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Background: In August, the nominations of Judge Edward M. Chen and Professor Goodwin H. Liu were returned to the President under the 30-day Senate procedural rule. Judge Chen has been waiting over one year for a floor vote. Professor Liu has been waiting nearly eight months. The press briefing will cover the status of the nominations, senate timeline, and the importance of these two nominees.
Diversity in the judiciary is a critical issue for the Asian Pacific American community. Out of 875 active Article III judges nationwide, currently only 11 judges on the bench are APAs.
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.
The Asian American Justice Center (www.advancingequality.org), a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, works closely with its sister organizations – the Asian American Institute in Chicago (www.aaichicago.org), the Asian Law Caucus (www.asianlawcaucus.org) in San Francisco and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (www.apalc.org) in Los Angeles – to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.