President Obama sent his judicial and departmental nominations to the U.S. Senate on Jan. 6. Among the nearly 250 names submitted were the following members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities: Vince Girdhari Chhabria, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California, vice Susan Y. Illston, retired.
Lucy H. Koh was confirmed to serve the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She is the first Korean American U.S. District Court Judge
Asian Americans around the country have made history in 2009 in their efforts to become part of the political realm.
In August, President Obama nominated Federal Magistrate Judge Edward Chen and Los Angeles lawyer Dolly Gee to the United States District Court bench in California. Their nominations follow the nomination of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Nguyen for the position of United States District Judge.