National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2013
Contact: Emily Chatterjee
NAPABA CELEBRATES CONFIRMATION OF RAYMOND T. CHEN TO THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT
President Obama Doubles the Number of Asian Pacific American
Circuit Court Judges in History
WASHINGTON—Today, the Senate
confirmed Raymond T. Chen to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Federal Circuit by a unanimous vote. He is the first Asian Pacific
American to serve on the court since Judge Shiro Kashiwa retired from
the Federal Circuit in 1986.
"NAPABA celebrates Ray Chen's
confirmation to the Federal Circuit, which we are proud to have
supported," said Wendy Shiba, president of the National Asian Pacific
American Bar Association (NAPABA). "He has superb credentials to serve
on this court, and we commend President Obama for nominating him. NAPABA
also thanks Senator Mazie Hirono for her support of his nomination in
Since 2008, Chen has served as
the Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor
at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He began his tenure at the
office in 1998 as an Associate Solicitor. During his time there, he has
received numerous awards for his service, including: the Gold Medal
Award, U.S. Department of Commerce (2011); the Bronze Medal Award, U.S.
Department of Commerce (2005); and Attorney of the Year, Office of the
Solicitor. Chen previously worked as a technical assistant at the
Federal Circuit from 1996 to 1998. Prior to government service, Chen
worked as an associate at the law firm Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear
from 1994 to 1996 and as a scientist at Hecker & Harriman (now
Hecker Law Group) in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the New York
University School of Law and the University of California, Los Angeles.
With Chen's confirmation,
President Obama has doubled the number of Asian Pacific American circuit
court judges in our nation's history. Despite the tremendous progress
made during the Obama Administration, however, Asian Pacific Americans
continue to be significantly underrepresented in the federal judiciary.
Only four out of over 180 federal appellate court judges in the entire
nation are held by individuals with Asian Pacific American heritage.
NAPABA salutes President Obama for his continued commitment to
nominating well-qualified, diverse nominees to the federal judiciary.
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 66 state
and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include
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 the federal and state judiciaries,
advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate
hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional
development of people of color in the legal profession.