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Active Asian-American & Pacific Islander Article III Judges

Article III of the Constitution created the U.S. Supreme Court and gave Congress the power to create the federal courts of appeals and district courts. Since 1789, more than 3,427 judges have served on Article III courts. Currently, there are 29 active Article III Judges who are Asian-American and Pacific Islander.

Court of Appeals

The 94 U.S. judicial districts are organized into 12 regional circuits, each of which has a United States Court of Appeals. This court hears appeals from the district courts located within its circuit and appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies. In addition, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has nationwide jurisdiction to hear appeals in specialized cases, such as those involving patent laws and cases decided by the Court of International Trade and the Court of Federal Claims.

A. Wallace TashimaNinth Circuit1/4/1996Senior Status 6/30/04Male
Amul Roger ThumperSixth Circuit5/25/2017
Denny ChinSecond Circuit4/23/2010ActiveMale
Jacqueline H. NguyenNinth Circuit5/14/2012ActiveFemale
Jennifer Choe Groves
U.S. Court of International Trade6/8/2016
Raymond T. ChenFederal Circuit8/2/2013ActiveMale
Sri SrinivasanDC Circuit5/24/2013ActiveMale

District Courts

The United States District Courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the District Courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters.

There are 94 federal district courts, including at least one district court in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Three territories of the United States—the Virgin Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands—have District Courts that hear federal cases, including bankruptcy cases.

Amit Priyavadan MehtaDistrict of Columbia12/19/2014ActiveMale
Amul Roger ThaparKentucky (ED)1/4/2008ActiveMale
Anthony W. IshiiCalifornia (ED)10/14/1997Senior Status 10/31/12Male
Cathy BissoonPennsylvania (WD)10/19/2011ActiveFemale
Dana M. SabrawCalifornia (SD)9/26/2003ActiveMale
Derrick K. WatsonHawaii4/23/2013ActiveMale
Dolly M. GeeCalifornia (CD)1/4/2010ActiveFemale
Edmond E. ChangIllinois (ND)12/20/2010ActiveMale
Edward M. ChenCalifornia (ND)5/12/2011ActiveMale
George H. King***California (CD)6/30/1995Terminated/Retired
George H. WuCalifornia (CD)4/17/2007ActiveMale
Indira TalwaniMassachusetts5/12/2014ActiveFemale
John Z. LeeIllinois (ND)5/8/2012ActiveMale
Kiyo A. MatsumotoNew York (ED)7/22/2008ActiveFemale
Leslie E. KobayashiHawaii12/22/2010ActiveFemale
Lorna G. SchofieldNew York (SD)12/13/2012ActiveFemale
Lucy H. KohCalifornia (ND)6/9/2010ActiveFemale
Manish S. ShahIllinois (ND)5/1/2014ActiveMale
Miranda DuNevada3/30/2012ActiveFemale
Pamela K. Chen ±New York (ED)3/5/2013ActiveFemale
Ronald S.W. LewCalifornia (CD)5/7/1987Senior Status 9/19/06Male
Susan Oki Mollway***Hawaii6/23/1998Senior Status 11/6/15Female
Theodore D. ChuangMaryland5/2/2014ActiveMale
Vince ChhabriaCalifornia (ND)3/7/2014ActiveMale


CD - Central DistrictED - Eastern DistrictMD - Middle DistrictND - Northern DistrictSD - Southern District
WD - Western District± LGBT*** Current Chief Judge

Data is based on information collected through July 31, 2017. To learn more about the federal courts go to

Judge Herbert Young Cho Choy

In 1971, President Richard M. Nixon appointed Herbert Y. C. Choy to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, making him the first Asian-American to serve in this position.

Active Article III Judges

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