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U.S. Supreme Court Vacancy & Nominations

U.S. Supreme Court Vacancy & Nominations

As of March 14, 2016

 

In the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, there has never been an Asian Pacific American Supreme Court Justice.

Fifty-six Asian Pacific American Bar Associations Submit Letter to Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Leahy, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee | March 14, 2016

Fifty-six (as of March 14) national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar association submitted a joint letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy strongly urging the Senate to uphold its Constitutional duty by holding a fair hearing and timely vote on any Supreme Court nominee.

Washington Post: Will the U.S. Supreme Court get its first Asian American justice? | March 11, 2016

"In Washington and across the country, this potential (nomination) has mobilized a broad coalition of ­Asian-Pacific American organizations, whose leaders regard (Judge Sri) Srinivasan’s inclusion on the president’s shortlist as a sign that the Asian American community has come of age in the nation’s legal establishment."

National Diverse Bar Associations Send Letter to Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Leahy, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee | March 10, 2016

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the National Bar Association (NBA), the National LGBT Bar Association (National LGBT Bar), and the National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) submitted a joint letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy strongly urging the Senate to uphold its Constitutional duty by holding a fair hearing and timely vote on any Supreme Court nominee (press release).

Asian California Judges Should be Considered for Supreme Court | March 4, 2016

An op-ed by NAPABA Judiciary Committee Co-Chair Wendy Chang, published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, discussing the qualified California candidates for the Supreme Court vacancy. 

White House Reaches Out to Asian-American Leaders About Supreme Court Seat | March 3, 2016

An article detailing a White House conference call on March 3, 2016, with Asian-American and Pacific Islander leaders to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy.

Letter to Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Leahy, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee | Feb. 26, 2016

NAPABA sent a letter to Senators Grassley and Leahy strongly urging the Senate to uphold its Constitutional duty by holding a fair hearing and timely vote on any Supreme Court nominee to ensure the effective operation of our judicial system.

The Hill: Time is right for an Asian Pacific American Supreme Court nominee | Feb. 19, 2016

An op-ed by NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang discussing the impact of nominating an Asian Pacific American to the Supreme Court. She discusses the qualifications of APA nominees whose names have been in the media, including Judge Denny Chin, Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, Judge Sri Srinivasan, and Justice Goodwin Liu.

Medium: Asian Pacific Americans are Ready for the Supreme Court | Feb. 16, 2016

A message from NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang discussing the role NAPABA has played in developing a diverse federal bench.

 

For background on Asian Pacific American federal judges, please click here.

For media inquiries, contact Brett Schuster, communications manager, at bschuster@napaba.org.