Edward Chen, Dolly Gee, Jacqueline Nguyen Nominated as Federal Judges

August 7, 2009

President Obama has nominated two Asian Americans to be federal judges in California. If confirmed, Edward Chen would be the first Asian American federal judge for the Northern District. Dolly Gee and Jacqueline Nguyen would be the first Asian American females judges for the Central District

Nguyen was nominated last week and Chen and Gee's nominations were announced this morning.

 “This marks the first time in history that two Asian Pacific American judicial nominations have been made on the same day," Andrew T. Hahn, Sr. president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, said in a statement. "These historic nominations come on the heels of the nomination of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Nguyen for United States District Court for the Central District of California just one week ago and demonstrate President Obama’s commitment to improving the long-needed diversity of the federal judiciary."

With Sonia Sotomayor confirmed for Supreme Court, let's hope this the beginning of even more judges of color throughout the judiciary.



Harry Mok

Editor in chief

Editor in Chief Harry Mok wrote about growing up on a Chinese vegetable farm for the second issue of Hyphen and has been a volunteer editor since 2004. As a board member of the San Francisco and New York chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association, Harry has recruited and organized events for student members. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a graduate student instructor in the Asian American Studies Department.



Does anyone have Judge Nguyen's email address? I'm part of an Asian Law Student Org in NJ and we wld like to send her a congrats e-card. thanks