Lucy H. Koh
|Lucy H. Koh|
|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of California|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||6/9/2010 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Ronald Whyte|
|Undergraduate:||Harvard U., B.A., 1990|
|Law School:||Harvard Law School, J.D., 1993|
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Judicial career
- 4 Awards and associations
- 5 Notable cases
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Lucy H. Koh is a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She was nominated by President Barack Obama on January 20, 2010, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 90-0 on June 7, 2010.
Early life and education
- 2008-2010: Judge, Superior Court of California for the County of Santa Clara
- 2000-2008: Attorney in private practice, firm of McDermott Will & Emery
- 1997-2000: Assistant U. S. Attorney, Central District of California
- 1994-1997: U.S. Department of Justice
- 1996-1997: Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General
- 1994-1996: Special Counsel, Office of Legislative Affairs
Northern District of California
|Candidate:||Lucy H. Koh|
|Court:||Northern District of California|
|Progress:||Confirmed 138 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||January 20, 2010|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Qualified|
|Hearing:||February 11, 2010|
|Reported:||March 4, 2010|
|Confirmed:||June 7, 2010|
On January 20, 2010, on the recommendation of Senator Barbara Boxer, President Obama nominated Koh to fill a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She was nominated to the seat vacated when Ronald Whyte assumed senior status.
Senate Judiciary Committee hearing
Koh had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 11, 2010. She received some questions from Republican Senator Jeff Sessions regarding her writings in law school where she said that minority judges must maintain the "disguise of objectivity" or face challenges. Sessions expressed concern about what that might mean about her own objectivity on the bench. Koh responded by saying that she'd forgotten that she ever wrote the passage and that she "completely disagree[d] that there [was] no objectivity. Our rule of law would break down if everyone were to insert their own personal biases." The Committee voted to forward her nomination to the full Senate on March 4, 2010, and on June 7, 2010, the Senate voted 90-0 to confirm Koh as a federal judge.
Awards and associations
- Former member of the Board of Directors of the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California
Dismissal of suit over website's disclosure of members' HIV status (2014)United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Doe v. SuccessfulMatch.com, 5:13-cv-03376-LHK)
On April 16, 2014, Judge Koh granted SuccessfulMatch.com's motion to dismiss the plaintiffs' suit for failure to state a claim for which relief could be granted, specifically, that the website would keep private their STD- and HIV-positive statuses.
In the underlying case, plaintiffs Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 joined the site PositiveSingles.com, a website operated by SuccessfulMatch.com, which was marketed toward daters with sexually transmitted diseases. They asserted that they were "lured" into joining the site by the defendant's "empathetic sounding statements." Plaintiffs claimed they were unaware of the fact that the details of their "anonymous" profiles (i.e., their STD statuses) would be available to all of SuccessfulMatch.com's users. Thereafter, plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit in July 2013, alleging violations of California's deceptive business practices law as well as its Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
The defendant website company filed a motion to dismiss the case, and Judge Koh granted it, noting that Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 "failed to specifically allege that they saw any of the statements that they claim [were] misleading, or how the website statements impacted their decisions to register with defendant's website." In addition, Koh wrote that the plaintiffs' claims failed due to the fact that they did not "allege how knowledge of defendant's omissions about affiliated sites would have impacted [their] decision to register for PositiveSingles.com."
- Reuters, "Judge halts sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab in U.S.," June 27, 2012
- Website of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County
- California Courts, Trial Court Roster
- Federal Judicial Center, "Biography of Lucy H. Koh"
- Federal Judicial Center, "Biography of Lucy H. Koh"
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Santa Clara judge wins Senate confirmation," June 08, 2010
- White House Office of the Press Secretary, "President Obama Nominates Five to Serve on the United States District Court Bench," January 20, 2010
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Obama picks Korean American for federal bench," January 22, 2010
- Mercury News, "Obama nominates Santa Clara County Judge Lucy Koh to federal bench," January 20, 2010
- Politico, "Obama boosts judicial diversity," June 7, 2010
- American Bar Association, "Judicial Nomination Materials: 111th Congress," accessed April 25, 2014
- Mercury News, "Valley judge draws closer to elevation to San Jose federal bench," February 11, 2010
- San Francisco Chronicle, "San Jose judge one step away from federal bench," March 4, 2010
- Mercury News, "Senate committee votes to confirm judge to San Jose federal court," March 4, 2010
- Department of Justice, "Judicial Nominations and Confirmations: 111th Congress," accessed April 25, 2014
- Courthouse News Service, "Judge Gives HIV Dating Website a Break," April 23, 2014
|Federal judicial offices|
|Northern District of California
|Vacancy Count by Congress|
|Vacancy Count by Year||Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2009 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2010 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2011 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2012|