Pamela K. Chen
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York|
March 5, 2013
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Raymond Dearie|
|Born||1961 (age 54–55)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Pamela Ki Mai Chen (born 1961) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Pamela was born in 1961 in Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A. degree in 1983 from the University of Michigan. She received her J.D. in 1986 from Georgetown University Law Center. She started her career at the law firm of Arnold & Porter from 1986 to 1989 and then at the criminal defense law firm of Asbill, Junkin, Myers & Buffone from 1989 to 1991, both law firms located in Washington, D.C. From 1991 to 1998, she was a trial attorney in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice. Beginning in 1998, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, except for a four-month period in 2008, when she served as Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement for the New York State Division of Human Rights. During her service in the United States Attorney's Office, she held many supervisory positions, including Chief of the Civil Rights Section and Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Section.
Federal judicial service
On August 2, 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Chen to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, to the seat vacated by Judge Raymond J. Dearie who took senior status on April 3, 2011. Her nomination came at the recommendation of Senator Chuck Schumer. On September 19, 2012, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on her nomination and reported her nomination to the floor on December 6, 2012, by voice vote. On January 2, 2013, her nomination was returned to the President, due to the sine die adjournment of the Senate.
On March 4, 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed Chen's nomination by voice vote. She received her commission on March 5, 2013.
Chen is the first Asian American lesbian to serve on the federal bench.
- Senate Judiciary Committee Nomination Questionnaire
- Nomination Announcement from whitehouse.gov
- News release from Schumer's office
- "Executive Business Meeting, December 6, 2012". Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- Renomination announcement
- Barack Obama nominates Asian-American lesbian Pamela Ki Mai Chen for federal judgeship
- Pamela K. Chen at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York