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APA Federal Judges and Nominations

Asian Pacific Americans and the Federal Judiciary:  
Article III Courts

As of March 30, 2017

APA Federal Judges: A Snapshot

Article III Judgeships

Authorized

APAs

Supreme Court

9

0

Court of Appeals

179

4

District Courts

674

20

Court of Int'l Trade

9

1

Total

871

25

  • Pending Nominations: 
    • Judge Amul R. Thapar – U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (nominated March 21, 2017)

Current Appointments

Today, there are 25 APA serving as Article III judges across the United States federal appellate and district courts. If the number of APA judges reflected the general population, there should be approximately 11-12 APA federal appellate court judges, and 40-41 APA federal district court judges.

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Four active appellate judges out of 179 judgeships
    • Judge Denny Chin – U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen – U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • Judge Sri Srinivasan – U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
    • Judge Raymond T. Chen – U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • One senior status judge: Judge A. Wallace Tashima (Ninth Circuit)
  • One pending nomination: Judge Amul R. Thapar, nominated March 21, 2017, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Twenty-one active district court judges out of 674 judgeships
  • Three senior status judges
  • No pending nominees

A History of APA Articles III Judges 

Confirmations by Presidents

President

Confirmed

Eisenhower

1*

Nixon

3

Ford

2

Carter

2

Reagan

2

George H.W. Bush

0

Clinton

5

George W. Bush

4

Obama

22


*Chief Judge Cyrus Nils Tavares (D. Hawaii) and his family identify as Native Hawaiian.


Prior to the Obama administration, there had not been more than two nominations or confirmations of APAs to Article III judgeships during any year.


Other Federal Courts

Article IV U.S. Territorial Courts

·         Article IV judges serve on the U.S. Territorial Courts. Judges are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. They serve a 10-year term

·         Two of the three authorized Art. IV district court judgeships are held by APAs

District of Columbia Courts

·         Judges that serve on the District of Columbia courts are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. They serve a 15-year term.

·         Zero active APA D.C. Court of Appeals judges (of nine authorized seats)

·         Two active APA D.C. Superior Court judges (of sixty-one authorized seats)