Above The Law: Judge Denny Chin

Friday, April 23, 2010

Saw this down at the site AboveTheLaw.com and wanted to make sure and post up some of the news because you know you wanted to be in the know.

Earlier today, by a vote of 98-0, Judge Chin was elevated to the Second Circuit.

The Asian-American community is thrilled. From one Asian ATL reader: “He was confirmed! Amazing and historic!”

But there have been Asian-American federal judges before. And there may be again in the not-too-distant future, depending on what happens to the controversial nomination of Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu.

What is history-making about Judge Chin’s elevation?

As noted by the BLT, Chin will be the only active Asian-American judge on a federal appeals court. He’s not the first, but the earlier Asian circuit judges have taken senior status, like Judge A. Wallace Tashima (9th Cir.), or have passed away, like Judge Herbert Choy (9th Cir.).