Confirmation of Pamela Chen to U.S. District Court Applauded

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 WASHINGTON — The Senate on March 4 confirmed Pamela K.M. Chen by a voice vote to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

She becomes the first openly gay Asian Pacific American to serve on the federal judiciary.

“NAPABA congratulates Pam Chen on her historic nomination and confirmation and is proud to have supported her in the nomination and confirmation process along with the LGBT community,” said Wendy Shiba, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. “We applaud President Obama and Sen. (Charles) Schumer (D-N.Y.) for their continued commitment to diversifying the federal judiciary.”

For almost 14 years, Chen has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she has served as chief of the Civil Rights Section for more than eight years, and previously as a deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division. Read more here.