News Release

For Immediate Release
Feb. 25, 2016

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                                      Brett Schuster, Communications Manager

NAPABA Applauds the Nomination of Judge Lucy H. Koh
to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


WASHINGTON — Today, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Judge Lucy H. Koh to serve on the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. If confirmed, Judge Koh would become the first Korean American woman and the second Asian Pacific American (APA) woman to serve on a federal appeals court, and would become the fifth active APA federal appellate judge.

“We applaud the nomination of Judge Koh to serve on the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,” said Jin Y. Hwang, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). “Judge Koh has demonstrated her ability as a fair and adept jurist in her almost six years on the federal bench, and we strongly encourage the Senate to confirm her to the Ninth Circuit.”

In 2010, Judge Koh was unanimously confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by a unanimous 90-0 vote. Her nomination received bipartisan support from California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, and Viet Dinh, former assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush.

Previously, Judge Koh served on the Superior Court of California for Santa Clara County, having been appointed to the bench in 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She has been a partner at the law firm McDermott Will & Emery in Silicon Valley and an assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California. She also has held positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, notably as a special assistant to the U.S. deputy attorney general. Judge Koh is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.

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The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 50,000 attorneys and over 75 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA engages in legislative and policy advocacy, promotes APA political leadership and political appointments, and builds coalitions within the legal profession and the community at large. NAPABA also serves as a resource for government agencies, members of Congress, and public service organizations about APAs in the legal profession, civil rights, and diversity in the courts.

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.

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