Anthony W. Ishii
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California|
October 31, 2012
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California|
|Preceded by||Garland Ellis Burrell Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Morrison C. England Jr.|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California|
October 14, 1997 – October 31, 2012
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Robert Everett Coyle|
|Born||1946 (age 68–69)
Santa Ana, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of the Pacific
UC Berkeley School of Law
Anthony Wayne Ishii (born 1946) is a Senior United States District Judge.
Born in Santa Ana, California, Ishii received an A.S. from Reedley Junior College in 1966, a Ph.G. from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1970, and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1973. He was a deputy in the City Attorney's Office of Sacramento, California in 1975, and a deputy public defender, Public Defender's Office, County of Fresno, California in 1979. He was in private practice in Fresno, California from 1979 to 1983. He was a Justice Court judge, Parlier-Selma Judicial District, County of Fresno, California from 1983 to 1993, and a Municipal Court judge, Central Valley Municipal Court, County of Fresno, California from 1994 to 1997.
On February 12, 1997, Ishii was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California vacated by Robert E. Coyle. Ishii was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 9, 1997, and received his commission on October 14, 1997, becoming the first Asian Pacific American judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. He served as chief judge from 2008 to 2012. He took senior status on October 31, 2012.
Awards and recognition
In 2013 Ishii received the President’s Award from the Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento.
- Hong, Laura Kingsley (November 1999). "Advocacy for Justice". ABA Journal 85 (11): 72.
- United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit 2013 Annual Report
- Anthony W. Ishii at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.