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NAPABA Contact: Brian Wang (202) 775-9555

December 24, 2009

AAJC Contact: Vincent A. Eng (703) 981-6636

Dolly M. Gee Becomes the First Chinese American Woman Confirmed
to be a United States District Court Judge

WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate unanimously confirmed Dolly M. Gee to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles), making her the first Chinese American female to serve as an Article III Judge. Article III Judgeships are lifetime presidential appointments.

“We congratulate Ms. Gee on her historic achievement,” said Tina R. Matsuoka, Executive Director of NAPABA. “Ms. Gee is a role model for all lawyers, but especially for Asian Pacific American and female lawyers, because of her commitment to excellence in the law and her dedication to community service.”

“AAJC and NAPABA are proud to have recommended Ms. Gee for this seat and to have worked with the Obama Administration, the White House Counsel’s office, and California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein who have supported Ms. Gee along with Judges Jacqueline Nguyen and Edward M. Chen for the U.S. District Court.” said Karen K. Narasaki, Asian American Justice Center President and Executive Director.

Since 1986, Gee has been Partner at Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers LLP, where she specializes in labor and employment law. She also presides over disputes as an arbitrator with the Kaiser Permanente Independent Arbitration System, has served as a court-appointed independent election monitor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Delegate and Officers Elections, and was appointed to serve on the Federal Service Impasses Panel. Gee’s numerous contributions to the community include service on the boards of the Western Center on Law and Poverty, the California Women’s Law Center, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, an affiliate of AAJC. Gee has received NAPABA’s highest honor, the Trailblazer award, as well as numerous pro bono service awards and the “Super Lawyer” distinction from Los Angeles Magazine.

Matsuoka and Narasaki thank President Obama for nominating Dolly M. Gee and Senator Boxer for recommending her.


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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