Ming Chin

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Ming Chin
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California
Assumed office
March 1, 1996
Nominated by Pete Wilson
Preceded by Armand Arabian
Personal details
Born (1942-08-31) August 31, 1942 (age 74)
Klamath Falls, Oregon, U.S.
Spouse(s) Carol Joe (m. 1971)
Children Jennifer and Jason
Alma mater University of San Francisco (B.A., J.D.)
Ming Chin
Traditional Chinese 陳惠明
Simplified Chinese 陈惠明
Hanyu Pinyin Chén Huìmíng

Ming William Chin (Chinese: 陳惠明; born August 31, 1942) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California. He was appointed to the California Supreme Court by Governor Pete Wilson on January 25, 1996, and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments and sworn in on March 1, 1996.[1] He was retained by the electorate in 1998[2] and 2010.[3] Justice Chin is of Asian descent.

In 1969, Chin was awarded a United States Army Commendation Medal and a Bronze Star for his service in the Vietnam War.

He authored the most majority opinions at the Supreme Court during 1997, his first full term.[citation needed]

He is well-known among California employment lawyers as one of the four current authors of the Rutter Group practice guide on employment litigation.[citation needed]

Notable cases[edit]

In 2008, Chin was part of the dissenting minority in In re Marriage Cases, a 4-3 decision legalizing same-sex marriage in California.[citation needed]


Personal life[edit]

Chin was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon.[4] He wed Carol Joe, a pharmacist in 1971, with whom he has two children: Jennifer (b. 1974) and Jason (b. 1976).[4]


  1. ^ "California Courts: Courts: Supreme Court: Justices: Associate Justice Ming W. Chin". Judicial Council of California. December 2, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-02. 
  2. ^ Statement of Vote, November 3, 1998, General Election (pdf) (Report). Secretary of State of California. 1998-12-12. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  3. ^ Statement of Vote, November 2, 2010, General Election (pdf) (Report). Secretary of State of California. 2011-01-06. p. 16. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Full Biography for Ming William Chin". Smart Voter '98. 3 November 1998. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Armand Arabian
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California
1996 – present
Succeeded by