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NAPABA Contact: Tina Matsuoka (202) 775-9555

April 15, 2010

AAJC Contact: Nicole Duran (202) 296-2300

NAPABA and AAJC Thank Democratic Senators for
Cloture Motion on the Nomination of Judge Denny Chin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Democratic Senators filed a cloture motion to put the nomination of Judge Denny Chin to a full Senate vote. Judge Chin was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on October 6, 2009, and was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee by unanimous consent on December 10, 2009.

"We appreciate Senator Schumer's and Senator Leahy's leadership in seeking to obtain a final vote on Judge Chin's nomination," said Joseph J. Centeno, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. "Judge Chin had no Republican opposition in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and enjoys strong support from numerous Republicans. We are hopeful that this move will allow Judge Chin to be confirmed quickly by the full Senate."

Judge Chin has received praise from several prominent law enforcement officials, including letters of support from: former U.S. Attorney General and Southern District of New York Federal District Court Judge Michael Mukasey; former New York City Mayor and Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani; former Deputy Attorney General and Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney James Comey; and former Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney and Federal District Court Judge John S. Martin, Jr.

If confirmed, Judge Chin would be the only active Asian Pacific American federal appellate court judge out of approximately 175 active federal appellate court judges. Judge Chin would also become the first Asian Pacific American appellate court judge nominated and confirmed outside of the Ninth Circuit. Judge Chin has been a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York since 1994, and he is currently the longest serving Asian Pacific American federal district court judge.

"We applaud the Senate Democrats in moving for Judge Chin's full confirmation," said Karen K. Narasaki, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center. "His full confirmation is important not only for Asian Pacific Americans, but for all citizens covered by the Second Circuit. With four current vacancies, the Second Circuit is the most short-staffed federal appellate court in the country. Judge Chin's confirmation will help that court's ability to resolve appeals promptly."

Centeno and Narasaki both expressed their confidence that the Senate would vote to confirm Judge Chin when his nomination is considered by the full Senate.


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 63 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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