Almost There: Nguyen, Gee, And Chen

Monday, October 19, 2009

From the MNE:

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen and attorney Dolly Gee—both named to the U.S. District Court for California’s Central District—cleared the committee without opposition on a voice vote along with Northern District nominee U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Seeborg, while U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward Chen, also named to the Northern District, was approved on a roll call vote of 12-7 that was split along party lines.

If confirmed by the full Senate, Nguyen and Gee would be the first Vietnamese American woman and first Chinese American woman, respectively, to serve as a U.S. district judge. Chen would be the first Asian American judge to sit on the Northern District.

Currently, only eight of the nation’s 875 active Article III judges are Asian American or Pacific Islander, Sen. Dianne Feinsten said in a statement.

Feinstein, a member of the Judiciary Committee, praised the nominees and urged swift confirmation by the Senate to help alleviate judicial caseloads.

“The courts where these nominees will be sitting…have unacceptably high caseloads,” she said. “The confirmation…will be a first step toward ensuring that the courts are able to administer justice in a timely and appropriate manner.”
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