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NAPABA Contact: Brian Wang (202) 775-9555

December 11, 2009

AAJC Contact: Nicole Duran (202) 296-2300, ext. 144

Judge Denny Chin Unanimously Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the nomination of Judge Denny Chin for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by unanimous consent. His nomination will now proceed to the full Senate.

“Judge Denny Chin is a distinguished and well-respected jurist who has the intellect, integrity and temperament to serve admirably as an Appeals Court judge,” said Tina Matsuoka, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. “Judge Chin will make distinct and lasting contributions to the Appellate Court bench.”

Judge Chin has several high-level supporters including former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, himself a former prosecutor, former Deputy Attorney General James Comey and retired U. S. District Court Judge John Martin, Jr., all of whom submitted letters to Chairman Patrick Leahy and Ranking Republican Jeff Sessions on Judge Chin’s behalf.

If confirmed, Judge Chin would be the only active Asian Pacific American federal Appellate Court judge out of approximately 175. Judge Chin would also become the first Asian Pacific American Appellate Court judge nominated and confirmed outside of the Ninth Circuit.

“This is an important step toward confirming Judge Chin, who will be the first active Asian Pacific American judge on the Courts of Appeal in more than five years,” said Karen K. Narasaki, Asian American Justice Center president and executive director. “We are hopeful that the Senate will quickly confirm him.”

Matsuoka and Narasaki thank Sens. Leahy, Schumer and Sessions for their leadership, the Judiciary Committee for its prompt vote and President Obama for nominating Judge Chin.


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 is a national organization dedicated to defending and advancing the civil and human rights of Asian Americans. It works closely with three affiliates – the Asian American Institute in Chicago the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles – and nearly 100 community partners in 47 cities, 25 states and the District of Columbia.


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