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.

Judge Court Commission Status Gender
A. Wallace Tashima Ninth Circuit 1/4/1996 Senior Status 6/30/04 Male
Denny Chin Second Circuit 4/23/2010 Active Male
Jacqueline H. Nguyen Ninth Circuit 5/14/2012 Active Female
Raymond T. Chen Federal Circuit 8/2/2013 Active Male
Sri Srinivasan DC Circuit 5/24/2013 Active Male

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.

Judge Court Commission Status Gender
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 Active Male
George H. Wu California (CD) 4/17/2007 Active Male
Indira Talwani Massachusetts 5/12/2014 Active Female
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
Miranda Du Nevada 3/30/2012 Active Female
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 Active 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, 2015. To learn more about the federal courts go to


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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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