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 Tashima||Ninth Circuit||1/4/1996||Senior Status 6/30/04||Male|
|Amul Roger Thumper||Sixth Circuit||5/25/2017||Active||Male|
|Denny Chin||Second Circuit||4/23/2010||Active||Male|
|Jacqueline H. Nguyen||Ninth Circuit||5/14/2012||Active||Female|
|Jennifer Choe Groves||U.S. Court of International Trade||6/8/2016||Active||Female|
|Raymond T. Chen||Federal Circuit||8/2/2013||Active||Male|
|Sri Srinivasan||DC Circuit||5/24/2013||Active||Male|
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 Mehta||District of Columbia||12/19/2014||Active||Male|
|Amul Roger Thapar||Kentucky (ED)||1/4/2008||Active||Male|
|Anthony W. Ishii||California (ED)||10/14/1997||Senior Status 10/31/12||Male|
|Cathy Bissoon||Pennsylvania (WD)||10/19/2011||Active||Female|
|Dana M. Sabraw||California (SD)||9/26/2003||Active||Male|
|Derrick K. Watson||Hawaii||4/23/2013||Active||Male|
|Dolly M. Gee||California (CD)||1/4/2010||Active||Female|
|Edmond E. Chang||Illinois (ND)||12/20/2010||Active||Male|
|Edward M. Chen||California (ND)||5/12/2011||Active||Male|
|George H. King***||California (CD)||6/30/1995||Terminated/Retired|
|George H. Wu||California (CD)||4/17/2007||Active||Male|
|John Z. Lee||Illinois (ND)||5/8/2012||Active||Male|
|Kiyo A. Matsumoto||New York (ED)||7/22/2008||Active||Female|
|Leslie E. Kobayashi||Hawaii||12/22/2010||Active||Female|
|Lorna G. Schofield||New York (SD)||12/13/2012||Active||Female|
|Lucy H. Koh||California (ND)||6/9/2010||Active||Female|
|Manish S. Shah||Illinois (ND)||5/1/2014||Active||Male|
|Pamela K. Chen ±||New York (ED)||3/5/2013||Active||Female|
|Ronald S.W. Lew||California (CD)||5/7/1987||Senior Status 9/19/06||Male|
|Susan Oki Mollway***||Hawaii||6/23/1998||Senior Status 11/6/15||Female|
|Theodore D. Chuang||Maryland||5/2/2014||Active||Male|
|Vince Chhabria||California (ND)||3/7/2014||Active||Male|
|CD - Central District||ED - Eastern District||MD - Middle District||ND - Northern District||SD - 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 www.fjc.gov.
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.