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JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS

Asian Pacific Americans and the Federal Judiciary – Article III Courts
As of March 16, 2016

 

For a more detailed listing of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) federal judges and nominations, please click here.

For information on the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy and nominations, please click here

 

APA Federal Judges: A Snapshot

Article III Judgeships Authorized APAs
Supreme Court 9 0
Court of Appeals 179 4
District Courts 674 21
Court of Int'l Trade 9 1
Total 871 26
  • Pending Nominations: 
    • Judge Lucy H. Koh – U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (nominated Feb. 25, 2016
    • Karen Gren Scholer – U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (nominated Mar. 15, 2016)
    • Florence Y. Pan  U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (nominated Apr. 28, 2016)
    • *Frances Tydingco-Gatewood – U.S. District Court of Guam (nominated May, 18 2016) *​Article IV judicial nominee

Current Appointments

Today, there are 26 APA serving as Article III judges across the United States federal appellate and district courts. At the start of the Obama Administration, there were eight active APA federal court judges  all at the district level. During the Obama Administration, there have been 25 nominations of APA judges.

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 Lucy H. Koh, nominated February 25, 2016 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Twenty-one active district court judges out of 674 judgeships
  • Three senior status judges
  • Two pending nominations:
    • Karen Gren Scholer , nominated March 15, 2016, to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • Florence Y. Pan, nominated April 28, 2016, to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

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.

For a more detailed history and statistics of the nominations and confirmations to the federal courts (including Article III, Article IV, and District of Columbia Courts), please click here.