WASHINGTON — On September 22, 2011, President Obama nominated Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. OCA congratulates Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen on her recent nomination. Judge Nguyen is the First Vietnamese American woman to be nominated for a federal appellate judge position.
“The Organization of Chinese Americans is proud to recognize the historic nomination of Jacqueline Nguyen. Currently APA’s represent almost 10 percent of the population in the ninth circuit however there are no seats currently filled by an Asian American. This is truly a milestone for our community,” said President Ken Lee.
Nguyen, along with her five siblings fled Vietnam during the fall of Saigon in 1975. Upon arriving in the U.S. she and her family were placed in a refugee camp in Camp Pendleton, California. She worked with her mother at a dental office and on weekends at a donut shop. Nguyen managed to study in between jobs earning her a scholarship at Occidental College.
“Judge Nguyen has been a trailblazer, displaying an outstanding commitment to public service throughout her career,” President Obama said. “I am honored to nominate her today for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals and confident she will serve the American people with fairness and integrity.”
Nguyen has legal experience in both the private and public sectors, working as a litigation associate at Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP. Judge Nguyen was appointed to the state bench as Judge of the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles in 2002 and remained a judge on that court until she was appointed to the federal bench in 2009.
“Judge Nguyen’s legal achievements and amazing life journey reflect the work ethic she will bring to the bench, and we hope for a speedy confirmation,” said Interim Executive Director, Tom Hayashi.
Judge Nguyen received her undergraduate degree from Occidental College in 1987 and her law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1991.
She is a founding member of APABA and is a member of numerous minority bar associations in the L.A. region.