|Current Court Information:|
|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|
|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.
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. 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.
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.
|Progress:||Confirmed 228 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||September 22, 2011|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Qualified|
|Hearing:||November 2, 2011|
|Reported:||December 1, 2009|
|Confirmed:||May 7, 2012|
On September 22, 2011, President Obama nominated Jacqueline Nguyen to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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."
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.
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.
Central District of California
|Court:||Central District of California|
|Progress:||Confirmed 123 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||July 31, 2009|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Well Qualified|
|Hearing:||September 23, 2009|
|Reported:||October 15, 2009|
|Confirmed:||December 1, 2009|
Nguyen was nominated by President Barack Obama on July 31, 2009 to the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 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. Nguyen left this post in 2012 when she was elevated to the appellate courts.
Judiciary Committee hearing
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.
- United States District Court for the Central District of California
- News: Jacqueline Nguyen confirmed to Ninth Circuit, May 8, 2012
- Judge Nguyen's Biography-Federal Judicial Center
- "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate," September 22, 2011
- Metropolitan News-Enterprise, "Davis Names Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Nguyen To Fill Vacancy on Los Angeles Superior Court," Robert Greene," August 14, 2002
- "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
- California Courts, Trial Court Roster
- "President Obama Nominates Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals," September 22, 2011
- 112th Congress Nomination Materials
- Report on the Activities of the Senate Judiciary Committee, 112th Congress
- "Obama names four new federal judges for California," Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2009
- "San Jose Mercury News" 1st Vietnamese-Am. female federal judge confirmed, December 1, 2009
- Metropolitan News-Enterprise "Nguyen Confirmed as Federal Judge in Central District," December 2, 2009
- Barbara Boxer Press Release "Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Los Angeles Attorney Dolly Gee for U.S. District Court," October 15, 2009
- Metropolitan News-Enterprise "Senate Committee Approves Nominees for Federal Courts," October 16, 2009
- Metropolitan News-Enterprise "Senate to Take Up Nguyen Nomination to Federal Court Next Week," November 24, 2009
- Judicial Nomination Materials
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|Vacancy Count by Year||Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2009 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2010 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2011 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2012|
Chief Judge: Alex Kozinski • Andrew Hurwitz • Kim McLane Wardlaw • Mary Murguia • Morgan Christen • Harry Pregerson • Stephen Reinhardt • Diarmuid O'Scannlain • Sidney Thomas • Barry Silverman • Susan Graber • Margaret McKeown • William Fletcher • Ronald Gould • Richard Paez • Marsha Berzon • Richard Tallman • Johnnie Rawlinson • Richard Clifton • Jay Bybee • Consuelo Maria Callahan • Carlos Bea • Milan Smith • Sandra Ikuta • Randy Smith • Jacqueline Nguyen • Paul Watford • John B. Owens • Michelle T. Friedland
Mary Schroeder • Andrew Kleinfeld • Raymond Fisher • Alfred Goodwin • John Clifford Wallace • Procter Hug • Joseph Farris • Arthur Alarcon • Dorothy Wright Nelson • William Canby • John Noonan • Edward Leavy • Stephen Trott • Ferdinand Francis Fernandez • Michael Hawkins • Atsushi Wallace Tashima •
|Former judges||Anthony Kennedy • Lorenzo Sawyer • Joseph McKenna • William Ball Gilbert • Erskine Mayo Ross • William Henry Hunt • Wallace McCamant • Frank Sigel Dietrich • William Henry Sawtelle • Francis Arthur Garrecht • William Denman • Clifton Mathews • Bert Emory Haney • William Healy • Homer Bone • William Edwin Orr • Walter Pope • Dal Lemmon • Richard Harvey Chambers • Stanley Nelson Barnes • Oliver Hamlin • Gilbert Jertberg • Charles Merton Merrill • Montgomery Koelsch • Benjamin Duniway • Walter Raleigh Ely, Jr. • James Marshall Carter • Shirley Hufstedler • Eugene Allen Wright • John Francis Kilkenny • Ozell Trask • Herbert Choy • J. Blaine Anderson • Thomas Tang • Cecil Poole • William Albert Norris • Charles Edward Wiggins • Frederick Hamley • Matthew Hall McAllister • William Morrow • Frank Rudkin • Pamela Rymer • James R. Browning • Joseph Sneed • Betty Binns Fletcher • Otto Skopil • Warren Ferguson • Robert Boochever • Cynthia Holcomb Hall • Robert Beezer • Melvin Brunetti • David R. Thompson • Thomas G. Nelson • Curtis Dwight Wilbur • Albert Lee Stephens, Sr. • Albert Lee Stephens, Jr. • William Orr • John Kilkenny •|
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