Ronald S. W. Lew

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Ronald S. W. Lew
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
Assumed office
September 19, 2006
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
In office
May 7, 1987 – September 19, 2006
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Laughlin Edward Waters Sr.
Succeeded by George H. Wu
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
In office
1984–1987
Appointed by George Deukmejian
Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge
In office
1982–1984
Appointed by Jerry Brown
Personal details
Born Ronald Sing Wai Lew
(1941-09-19) September 19, 1941 (age 76)
Los Angeles, California
Education Loyola Marymount University (B.A.)
Southwestern University School of Law (J.D.)

Ronald Sing Wai Lew (Chinese name: 刘成威; born September 19, 1941) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, California, Lew graduated from Loyola High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University in 1964. He received a Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in 1971. He was in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969. He was a deputy city attorney of the Criminal and Civil Liability Divisions of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office in California from 1972 to 1974. He was in private practice of law in Los Angeles from 1974 to 1981. He was a Los Angeles fire and police pension commissioner from 1976 to 1982. He was a judge on the Los Angeles Municipal Court from 1982 to 1984. He was a judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1984 to 1987.[1][2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Lew was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on February 2, 1987, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Central District of California vacated by Judge Laughlin E. Waters. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 7, 1987, and received commission the same day.[2] He assumed senior status on September 19, 2006.[3] Outside of Hawaii, Lew was the first Chinese-American appointed to the federal bench after being appointed by President Reagan in 1987.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2001, Lew was awarded the Historymakers Award by the Los Angeles Chinese American Museum in law and justice.[4] He was also honored by the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC) as one of the Chinese American Pioneers in Law in 2005.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Robert Greene, 1998 "Person of the Year", Metropolitan News-Enterprise, December 31, 1998
  2. ^ a b "Lew, Ronald S. W. - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  3. ^ "The Federal Lawyer" (PDF). December 2015: 27. 
  4. ^ "Past History Maker Honorees". Chinese American Museum. Archived from the original on 2006-01-03. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Laughlin Edward Waters Sr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
1987–2006
Succeeded by
George H. Wu