Asian Pacific American Federal Judges

August 2011: This list includes both active and inactive (senior status) Article III judges, as well as magistrate judges. Photo credits below are in italics.

PHOTO NAME AND COURT APPOINTED
Circuit Court of Appeals
Honorable Denny Chin
Second Circuit Court of Appeals
Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse
500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10007-1312
Phone: (212) 857-8500
Fax: (212) 805-7906

Clinton 1994
(SDNY)

Obama 2010
(2nd Cir.)

Honorable A. Wallace Tashima (Senior Status)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Richard H. Chambers Court of Appeals Building
125 South Grand Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105-1652
Phone: (626) 229-7373
Fax: (626) 229-7457
Carter 1980
(District Court);Clinton 1996
(Ninth Circuit)
California
Northern District of California

Honorable Lucy H. Koh

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
280 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113
408-535-5363

Obama 2010

Honorable Edward Chen

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
Phillip Burton United States Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 522-4050
Fax: (415) 522-2140

2001 (Magistrate), 2011

Honorable Kevin S. C. Chang, Magistrate Judge
U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
C-209 Prince Kuhio Federal Building
300 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96850-0209
Phone: (808) 541-1308
Fax: (808) 541-3519

1993

Illinois

Honorable Edmond E. Chang
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse
219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 435-5795

Obama 2010


(UIowa site)

Honorable Young B. Kim, Magistrate Judge
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse
219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 435-5670

2010

Kentucky

Honorable Amul R. Thapar
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
US District Court House
310 S. Main Street, Suite 444
London, KY 40741
Phone: (606) 877-7966

Bush 2007

Minnesota

Honorable Tony N. Leung, Magistrate
United States District Court
342 Warren E. Burger Federal Courthouse
316 N. Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 848-1870

2011

New York

Honorable Kiyo A. Matsumoto
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States Courthouse
225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 613-2180
Fax: (718) 613-2185

2004 (Magistrate);

Bush 2008 (Article III)

Honorable Marilyn D. Go, Magistrate Judge
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States Courthouse
225 Cadman Plaza East, Suite 1214S
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 613-2550
Fax: (718) 613-2555

1993

Tennessee

Honorable Tu M. Pham, Magistrate Judge
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
359 Clifford Davis Federal Building
167 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 495-1351
Fax: (901) 495-1325

2003

Texas

Honorable Brenda T. Rhoades
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Wells Fargo Bank Building, Suite 300A
660 North Central Expressway
Plano, TX 75074
Phone: (972) 509-1240
Fax: (972) 509-1245

2003

The Federal Judiciary: An Explanation

The chart to the left identifies all current Asian Pacific American judges, both active and inactive (on senior status), as well as magistrate judges, as of August 2011. As to active Article III judges who are Asian Pacific American, there are:

  • Two judges in the Northern District of California
  • One judge in the federal circuit courts of appeal
  • Zero justices on the U.S. Supreme Court

Currently there are just fourteen active APA federal court judges appointed pursuant to Article III, out of approximately 810 active federal judges, or a little under two percent. They are:

  • Judge Denny B. Chin (2nd Circuit)
  • Judge Lucy H. Koh (N.D. Cal.)
  • Judge Edward Chen (N.D. Cal.)
  • Judge Anthony W. Ishii (E.D. Cal.)
  • Judge Dolly M. Gee (C.D. Cal.)
  • Judge George Herbert King (C.D. Cal.)
  • Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen (C.D. Cal.)
  • Judge George H. Wu (C.D. Cal.)
  • Judge Dana Makato Sabraw (S.D. Cal.)
  • Judge Kiyo Ann Matsumoto (E.D.N.Y.)
  • Judge Susan Oki Mollway (D. Hawaii)
  • Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi(D. Hawaii)
  • Judge Amul R. Thapar (E.D. Kentucky)
  • Judge Edmond E. Chang (N.D. Ill.)

There are no APA judges on the U.S. Supreme Court and just one active judge on the federal circuit courts of appeals with the confirmation of Judge Denny Chin in 2010 to the Second Circuit (Note: Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the Ninth Circuit is on senior status, as is Judge Ronald Lew of the Central District of California).

In the Northern District of California, which includes San Franciso, Santa Clara and Alameda counties, there had never been an Asian Pacific American judge appointed under Article III until Judge Lucy Koh in 2010 and Judge Edward Chen in 2011.

“Article III” refers to those judges appointed pursuant to Article III of the Constitution, which include the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate court judges, and federal district court judges.

“Senior status” refers to judges who have reached a certain combination of age and years of service on the federal courts. When a federal judge is at least 65 years old and has served at least 15 years, with one less year of service required for each additional year of age, they are allowed to assume senior status. Senior judges do not occupy seats, rather, their seats become vacant, and new full-time judges may be appointed to fill their spots.

See a list of Selected APA California Judges.