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Jacqueline Nguyen

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Jacqueline Nguyen
Current Court Information:
Ninth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   5/7/2012 - Present
Preceded by:   121 Stat. 2534
Past post:   Central District of California
Past term:   12/4/2009 - 5/7/2012
Personal History
Born:   1965
Hometown:   Dalat, Vietnam
Undergraduate:   Occidental College, A.B., 1987
Law School:   University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1991

Jacqueline Hong-Ngoc Nguyen is a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She joined the court in 2012 after being nominated by President Barack Obama. Nguyen previously served as a judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She is the first Vietnamese-American woman to serve the federal bench and the first Asian American woman to serve on the appellate courts.[1][2]

Early life and education

Judge Nguyen was born in South Vietnam. She fled from the country with her family in 1975, after the fall of the government.[3] She graduated from Occidental College in 1987 with an undergraduate degree and from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1991 with a law degree.[4]

Professional career

Judge Nguyen began her legal career in 1991 as a private practice lawyer. In 1995, she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. She was then appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in August of 2002 and continued to serve that court until receiving her commission for the Central District of California.[4][5]

Judicial career

Ninth Circuit

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Jacqueline Nguyen
 Court:Ninth Circuit
 Progress:Confirmed 228 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:September 22, 2011
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:November 2, 2011
ApprovedAReported:December 1, 2009 
ApprovedAConfirmed:May 7, 2012
 Vote: 91-3

On September 22, 2011, President Obama nominated Jacqueline Nguyen to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[2]

Obama commented on the nomination, stating, "Judge Nguyen has been a trailblazer, displaying an outstanding commitment to public service throughout her career. 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."[6]

Nguyen was rated Unanimously Qualified by the American Bar Association. She had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 2, 2011 and you can find her Committee Questionnaire available here and her Questions for the Record available here.[7]

On May 7, 2012, the United States Senate confirmed Jacqueline Nguyen to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit with a vote of 91-3.[8]

Central District of California

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Jacqueline Nguyen
 Court:Central District of California
 Progress:Confirmed 123 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:July 31, 2009
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:September 23, 2009
ApprovedAReported:October 15, 2009 
ApprovedAConfirmed:December 1, 2009
 Vote: 97-0

Nguyen was nominated by President Barack Obama on July 31, 2009 to the United States District Court for the Central District of California.[4][9] The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved her nomination on October 15, 2009. On December 1, 2009, the Senate voted to confirm Nguyen with unanimous consent (97-0 vote). She succeeds Judge Nora Manella, who left the federal judiciary to join the California Courts of Appeal in 2006.[10][11][12][13][14] Nguyen left this post in 2012 when she was elevated to the appellate courts.

Nguyen received a rating of "Unanimously Well Qualified" from the American Bar Association.[15]

Judiciary Committee hearing

Nguyen's Public Questionnaire Available Here
Questions for the Record available here

Nguyen had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 23, 2009. The Committee voted to forward her nomination to the full Senate on October 15, 2009, and her nomination was confirmed on December 1, 2009.[15]

See also

External links


  1. Judge Nguyen's Biography-Federal Judicial Center
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate," September 22, 2011
  3. Metropolitan News-Enterprise, "Davis Names Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Nguyen To Fill Vacancy on Los Angeles Superior Court," Robert Greene," August 14, 2002
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "President Obama Nominates Abdul K. Kallon and Jacqueline H. Nguyen to Serve on the District Court Bench," The White House Office of the Press Secretary, July 31, 2009
  5. California Courts, Trial Court Roster
  6. "President Obama Nominates Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals," September 22, 2011
  7. 112th Congress Nomination Materials
  8. Report on the Activities of the Senate Judiciary Committee, 112th Congress
  9. "Obama names four new federal judges for California," Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2009
  10. "San Jose Mercury News" 1st Vietnamese-Am. female federal judge confirmed, December 1, 2009 (dead link)
  11. Metropolitan News-Enterprise "Nguyen Confirmed as Federal Judge in Central District," December 2, 2009
  12. Barbara Boxer Press Release "Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Los Angeles Attorney Dolly Gee for U.S. District Court," October 15, 2009
  13. Metropolitan News-Enterprise "Senate Committee Approves Nominees for Federal Courts," October 16, 2009
  14. Metropolitan News-Enterprise "Senate to Take Up Nguyen Nomination to Federal Court Next Week," November 24, 2009
  15. 15.0 15.1 Judicial Nomination Materials (dead link)
Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Nora Manella
Central District of California
Succeeded by:
Fernando Olguin
Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
Ninth Circuit
Succeeded by:

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