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OCA Applauds Senate Confirmation of First Chinese American Federal District Court Judge in Northern
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OCA Applauds Senate Confirmation of First Chinese American Federal District Court Judge in Northern

10 May 2011

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WASHINGTON – OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, congratulates Judge Edward M. Chen on his confirmation today to become the first-ever Chinese American Federal District Court Judge in the history of the Northern District of California.  The Senate confirmed Judge Chen 56 - 42, who has waited over 600 days for today’s vote.  

"OCA and the entire Asian Pacific American community can finally celebrate the confirmation of Judge Chen,” said George C. Wu, Executive Director of OCA.  "Through his leadership and commitment to the community, Judge Chen is an enormous source of pride for OCA chapters in the Bay Area and throughout the country.”

Judge Chen has served as the U.S. magistrate judge for the Northern District of California since 2001.  One of the many highlights from his distinguished career as a litigator prior to the bench is Judge Chen’s role on the legal team that overturned the conviction of Fred Korematsu.  Judge Chen joins 13 other active Asian Pacific American Article III judges in the nation, 7 of whom were nominated by President Obama.  Judge Lucy H. Koh, who was confirmed on June 7, 2010, is the first Asian Pacific American District Court Judge for the Northern District of California and the first Korean-American Federal District Court Judge in U.S. history. 

OCA acknowledges and thanks all those who have paved the way for this historic confirmation vote, including President Obama for his nomination; Senate Majority Leader Reid and the Senate Republic Leadership for the agreement on Judge Chen’s roll call vote; Senators Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy for their long-term support; and OCA partners, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Asian American Justice Center for their steadfast leadership on behalf of the community. 
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