CAPAC Chair Applauds Judicial Nomination of Pamela Chen

Aug 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama nominated Pamela Chen to serve on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  If confirmed, Ms. Chen would become the second Chinese American woman and the fifth openly gay nominee to serve in the federal judiciary. U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, released the following statement applauding the President’s decision:

“I am thrilled to see President Obama continue to break historic barriers with his judicial nominations.  He has already doubled the number of Asian Pacific American (APA) federal judges from 8 to 17, including elevating the only two APA judges currently serving at the appellate court level.  Now he has nominated Pamela Chen – a true trailblazer and distinguished public servant with the legal experience and intellectual temperament to be a strong addition to the federal bench. I commend New York Senator Chuck Schumer for recommending Ms. Chen and urge my Senate colleagues to move forward with her confirmation.”

Since 1998, Pamela Ki Mai Chen has been an Assistant United States Attorney in New York, aside from a brief four-month period in 2008 when she served as Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement for the New York State Division of Human Rights.  During her time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chen served as Chief of the Civil Rights Section and Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Section.  Chen’s experience also includes being a trial attorney in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice from 1991 to 1998.  Chen received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1986 and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in 1983.

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.