APA Federal Judges and Nominations

Asian Pacific Americans and the Federal Judiciary

As of June 26, 2020

 


APA Federal Judges

 

Federal Article III Snapshot 


*If the number of Asian Pacific American Article III judges reflected the general population, then there should be approximately 13 Asian Pacific American federal appellate court judges, and 48 Asian Pacific American federal district court judges.


U.S. Supreme Court: 

  • There has never been an Asian Pacific American on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Judge Sri Srinivasan was a finalist for the Scalia vacancy under Obama.
  • Judge Amul R. Thapar was a finalist for the Scalia and Kennedy vacancies under Trump. 


U.S. Court of Appeals:

  • 11 active Asian Pacific American federal appellate court judges out of the over 179 federal appellate court judges:[1] Denny Chin (2d Cir.); Jacqueline H. Nguyen (9th Cir.); Sri Srinivasan (D.C. Cir.); Raymond T. Chen (Fed. Cir.); Amul R. Thapar (6th Cir.); James C. Ho (5th Cir.); John Nalbandian (6th Cir.); Neomi Rao (D.C. Cir.); Michael H. Park (2d Cir.); Kenneth K. Lee (9th Cir.); Patrick J. Bumatay (9th Cir.).
  • 1 senior status Asian Pacific American federal appellate court judge: A. Wallace Tashima (9th Cir.)


U.S. District Courts & U.S. Court of International Trade

  • 25 active Asian Pacific American district court judges out of approximately 674 District Court Judges and 9 Court of International Trade judges in the United States: Dana Makoto Sabraw (S.D. Cal.); George H. Wu (C.D. Cal.); Kiyo A. Matsumoto (E.D.N.Y.); Dolly M. Gee (C.D. Cal.); Lucy H. Koh (N.D. Cal.); Leslie E. Kobayashi (D. Haw.); Edmond E. Chang (N.D. Ill.); Cathy Bissoon (W.D. Pa.); Edward M. Chen (N.D. Cal.); Miranda Du (D. Nev.); John Z. Lee (N.D. Ill.); Lorna Schofield (S.D.N.Y.); Pamela K.M. Chen (E.D.N.Y.); Derrick K. Watson (D. Haw.); Vince Chhabria (N.D. Cal.); Manish Shah (N.D. Ill.); Theodore Chuang (D. MD.); Indira Talwani (D. Mass.); Amit Mehta (D. D.C.); Jennifer Choe-Groves (Ct. Intl. Trade.); Karen Gren Scholer (N.D. Tex); Jill Aiko Otake (D. Haw.); Nicholas Ranjan (W.D. Pa); Martha M. Pacold (N.D. Ill.); Anuraag Singhal (S.D. FL)
  • 3 senior; 1 resigned status Asian Pacific American federal district court judges: Ronald S.W. Lew (C.D. Cal.); Anthony Ishii (E.D. Cal.); Susan Oki Mollway (D. Haw.); George H. King (C.D. Cal.) (retired)
  • 4 federal district court Asian Pacific American nominees waiting for confirmation: Diane Gujarati (E.D.N.Y.) (nominated May 15, 2018); Shireen Matthews (C.D. Cal) (nominated Oct. 17, 2019); Steve Kim (C.D. Cal) (nominated Nov. 21, 2019); Iris Lan (S.D.N.Y.) (nominated Oct. 17, 2019; returned Jan. 3, 2020; nominated May 4, 2020)


A History of APA Article III Judges

 

Confirmations by President 

                                           

* The Federal Judiciary Center identifies Chief Judge Cyrus Nils Tavares (D-Haw.) as White; however, he and his family self-identify as Native Hawaiian. 


Other Federal Courts 

 

Federal Article IV Snapshot 


* 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. 


U.S. District Court

  • 2 active Asian Pacific American district judges: Chief Judge Frances Marie Tydingco-Gatewood (D. Guam); Chief Judge Ramona Villagomez Manglona (D.N.M.I.)


District of Columbia Courts Snapshot

 
*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.


D.C. Court of Appeals

  • 0 active APA D.C. Court of Appeals judges
  • 1 D.C. Court of Appeals nominee waiting for confirmation: Vijay Shanker (Nominated June 25, 2020) 


D.C. Superior Court 

  • 4 active APA D.C. Superior Court judges: Judge Florence Y. Pan (May 21, 2009; confirmed by unanimous consent); Mary Elizabeth Raffinan (Sept. 29, 2010; confirmed by unanimous consent); Kelly A. Higashi (July 12, 2018; confirmed by unanimous consent; Jason Park (August 1, 2019; confirmed by unanimous consent)
  • 2 D.C. Superior Court nominees waiting for confirmation: Danny Lam Nguyen (nominated May 20, 2020); John C. Truong (nominated May 20, 2020)

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