DOWNTOWN JACL WANTS ASIAN AMERICANS CONSIDERED

 

Among the other candidates that the Downtown JACL is asking the President to consider are the following persons: Federal District Court Judge Dolly Gee who graduated from UCLA in 1981. During law school she externed for the Honorable Allen Broussad of the California Supreme Court. After law school she clerked for the Honorable Milton L. Schwartz, U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District from 1984 - 1986. Judge Gee was well known as a labor lawyer prior to becoming a judge. In 1994, Gee was appointed by President Clinton to serve for a five year term on the Federal Service Impasses Panel in Washington, D.C. As an FSIP member, she mediated and arbirtrated numerous disputes and participated in hundreds of summary dispositions of impasses between federal agencies and federal sector labor unions.

Federal District Court Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, Civil Rights Attorney Dale Minami, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Federal Judge Denny Chen of New York (nomination currently pending for the federal court of appeals), 9th Circuit Federal Justice Wallace Tashima, and Ming Chen, Hawaii Supreme Court Justices Paula Nakayama and Chief Justice Ronald T. Moon, Federal District Judge Anthony Ishii of the Eastern District of California, and Federal District Judge Susan Oki Mollway of Hawaii, U.S. Federal Court Judge Ron Lew.

PRIOR STATEMENTS BY DOWNTOWN JACL REGARDING O'CONNOR VACANCY

This position has already been filled. This is a previous statement provided by the Downtown JACL.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's recent resignation from the United States Supreme Court has caused Asian American Community Leaders hoping to have a say on the President's next choice. There has not been a vacancy in 11 years.

"Asian American are consistently left out of the consideration for this very important position," stated Kitty Sankey, President of the Japanese American Citizens League Downtown Los Angeles Chapter. "There are many qualified Asian Americans that should be given consideration, " she stated.



United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Judge A. Wallace Tashima

Judge Tashima received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from UCLA in 1958 and his law degree from Harvard in 1961. From 1962 - 1968, he served as a California Deputy Attorney General. He served as staff Attorney for Amstar Corp in San Francisco from 1968 - 1972 then as its Vice President and General attorney from 1972 - 1977. He became a partner with Morrison & Foerster in Los Angeles from 1977 - 1980. He was appointed to the United States District Court in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter then to the U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit in 1996 by President Bill Clinton. He was born on June 24, 1934.




United States District Court Judge Denny Chin, Southern District of New York

Judge Denny Chin came to the Uniteed States in 1956 as an immigrant from Hong Kong when he was two years old. His father was a cook and his mother was a seamstress. He graduated from Princeton and Fordham University School of Law. His employment career includes working as a prosecutor with the United States Attorneys Office.

 

 

 

 

United States District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii, Eastern District of California

Judge Ishii graduated from Reedley Junior College in 1966 and from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1973. He graduaed from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., in 1973. From 1975- 1979, he worked as a Deputy City Attorney for the SacramentoCity Attorney's Office. In 1979 he worked for the Fresno County Public Defenders Office and from 1979 - 1983, he worked in privae practice in Fresno. From 1979 - 1983, he worked as a Justice Court Judge for the Parlier-Selma Judicial Disrict, for the Fresno Court. From 1994 - 1997, he worked as a Municipal Court Judge for the Central Valley Municipal Court in Fresno. On February 12, 1997, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.

 

United States District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway, Hawaii District Court

Judge Mollway was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelor's degree and a masters degree in Elish literature and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. She has worked in civil litigation for 17 years and in 1986 became a pater at the law firm of Cades,Schutte, Felming & Wright. Her experience as a lawyer includes successfully arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court in 1994.

 

 

San Francisco Elected Public Defender Jeffrey Adachi

Public Defender Jeffrey Adachi graduated from UC Berkeley in 1982 and from the UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1985. After graduating from law school, Adachi joined the public defenders office where he has personally handled more than 3000 cases and more than 100 jury trials. He rose thru the ranks becoming Chief Assistant Public Defender then beating an incumbent Kimiko Burton to win the top spot as Elected San Francisco Public Defender in 2001. He is a Past President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and is active with dozens of other nonprofit organizations in the Bay area. He is also a certified criminal law specialist by the State Bar of California. A Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, he is considered among the top Elected Public Defenders in the United States.

 


Attorney Dale Minami

Minami was lead counsel in the land mark case Korematsu v. United Stated States which overturned a 40 year old conviction for a refusal to obey a executive order targeted at Japanese Americans. He was also lead counsel in the case of JACL v. Washington State University concerning having an Asian American Studies Program at the Washington State University. He also handled the case of Nakanishi v. UCLA, in fighting for tenure of Professor Don Nakanishi. He graduated from USC in 1968 Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Polictical Science and a Law Degree from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall in 1971. He is also a member of the Japanese American Citizens League. He is also a recent recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association for his advocacy with civil rights.

 

 

Justice Joyce L. Kennard, California Supreme Court

Justice Kennard and her widowed mother spent time in a interment camp. She grew up in the poorest areas of Indonesia sharing a jungle hut with four other familes. When she was 14 years old, she had her right leg amputated above the knee due to a tumor that developed on her leg. She graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1971 and her law degree in 1974. She served as a Deputy Attorney General from 1975 - 1979 and as a research attorney for the California Court of Appeal, 2nd District, from 1979 - 1986. She was apppointed the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1986 elevated a year later to the Los Angeles Superior Court and then to the California Supreme Court in 1989. She was born on May 6, 1941. Despite being appointed by Governor Deukmejian, many scholars consider her to be among the more liberal Justices on the bench often siding with the under dogs against big businesses and government.

 


Justice Ming Chen, California Supreme Court

Justice Chen graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1964 and a law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1967. Upon graduating from law school,Chin served two years in the U.S. Army. He obtained the rank of captain and won the Army Commendation medal and the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. He served as a Alameda County Deputy District Attorney from 1970 - 1972 and as a attorney with Aiken, Kramer & Cummings in Oakland from 1973 - 1988. He was appointed to the Alameda Superior Court and elevated to the California Court of Appeals, 1st District by Governor George Deukmejian. Governor Pete Wilson appointed him the the California Supreme Court in 1996. He was born on August 31, 1942. Justice Chen could potentially be the first Chinese American appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

 

Ronald T.Y. Moon, Chief Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court

Chief Justice Moon graduated from the University of Iowa School of Law in 1965. He was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii in 1993. He served as a prosecutor from 1966 - 1968. He worked as an associate at the firm of Libkuman, Ventura, Moon, and Ayable. He is a third generation Korean- American. His grandparents immigrated to the state of Hawaii in the early 1900's. If appointed to the United States Supreme Court, he would become the first Korean American.

 

 

 

Paula A. Nakayama, Associate Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court

Justice Nakayama was the first woman on the Hawaii Supreme Court in 26 years. If appointed to the United States Supreme Court, she would be making history there as well as the first Japanese Americanl. She got her Bachelors Degree from UC Davis and her law school from the prestigious UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. She worked as a prosecutor for the City & County of Honolulu and later went into private partner at the firm of Shim, Tam, and Kimitsu where she was a partner. She was appointed as a judge of the Hawaii Circuit Court in 1992.

 

 

 

U.S. Federal Judge Ronald Lew

Judge Lew graduated from Loyola University in 1964 and from Southwestern University School of Law in 1971. He was a Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney from 1972 - 1974 and was a partner in the law firm of Avans & Lew from 1974 - 1982. He was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by Governor Jerry Brown where he served as a Municipal Court Judge from 1982 - 1984. In 1984, he was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Governor George Deukmejian where he served as a bench officer from 1984 - 1987. He was appointed to the United States District Court - Central District by President Reagan in 1987. He is 64 years old in 2005.