Susan Oki Mollway

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Susan Oki Mollway
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Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
Incumbent
Assumed office
2009
Preceded by Helen Gillmor
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 23, 1998
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Harold Fong
Personal details
Born Susan Oki
1950 (age 63–64)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Alma mater University of Hawai'i
Harvard Law School


Susan Oki Mollway (born 1950) is a federal district judge on the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii and the first Asian-American woman ever appointed to the federal bench.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Honolulu, Mollway earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Hawaii in 1971 and a master's degree in English literature from the University of Hawaii in 1973.[1] She earned a law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1981.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Mollway taught English and worked at an English-language publisher in Tokyo from 1975 until 1977.[3] After law school, she worked in private legal practice in Honolulu from 1981 until 1998, when she joined the federal bench. At the end of her time in private practice, she was working as a partner for the law firm Cades, Schutte, Fleming & Wright.[4] Mollway also worked briefly as an adjunct instructor at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law from 1988 until 1989.[5]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On January 7, 1997, President Bill Clinton nominated Mollway to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii to fill the vacancy created by the 1995 death of Judge Harold Michael Fong.[6] The United States Senate confirmed Mollway's nomination in a 56-34 vote on June 22, 1998.[7] Mollway has the unusual distinction of being the federal judge appointed by Clinton who was confirmed with the lowest number of votes by the Senate, with a total of only 90 Senators participating in the vote.

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