Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen confirmed to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Posted in Blogs on May 07, 2012 by Sophia Islas
Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen
CAUSE would like to congratulate Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen on her confirmation to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate confirmed her by a vote of 91-3, making her the first Asian-American woman confirmed to serve on any federal appeals court nationwide.
Born in Dalat, South Vietnam, Judge Nguyen fled with her family to the United States in 1975, settling in California. She began her legal career at the law firm of Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP, where she was a commercial litigation associate from 1991 to 1994.
In 1995, she joined the United States attorney’s office in the Central District of California, serving as an assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division. While there, she worked as a federal prosecutor in both the General Crimes and Public Corruption and Government Fraud sections, and was a member of the office’s Organized Crime Strike Force from 1999 to 2000. She worked on such cases as a wiretap investigation of a Russian organized crime group responsible for smuggling sex slaves into the United States from the Ukraine.
Nguyen was appointed to the state bench as a judge on the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles in 2002. She remained a judge on that court until she was appointed to the United States District Court in the Central District of California in Los Angeles by President Barack Obama in 2009.
President Obama nominated Judge Nguyen for the seat on the Ninth Circuit in September 2011.
“Judge Nguyen is truly an inspirational role model. Many of us had the opportunity to meet her at the CAUSE Women in Power luncheon two years ago,” said CAUSE Board Chair Charlie Woo. “Everybody was moved by her life story, impressed with her dynamic personality, and inspired by her commitment to give back. We offer our heartfelt congratulations to Judge Nguyen for being the first Asian American woman to serve on the federal appeals court.”