Susan Oki Mollway
|Susan Oki Mollway|
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii|
2009 – November 6, 2015
|Preceded by||Helen Gillmor|
|Succeeded by||John Michael Seabright|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii|
June 23, 1998 – November 6, 2015
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Harold Fong|
1950 (age 64–65)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Hawai'i
Harvard Law School
Susan Oki Mollway (born 1950) is a Senior United States District Judge 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
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. She earned a law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1981.
Mollway taught English and worked at an English-language publisher in Tokyo from 1975 until 1977. After law school, she worked in private legal practice in Honolulu from 1981 until 1998, when President Clinton nominated her to 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. Mollway also worked briefly as an adjunct instructor at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law from 1988 until 1989.
Federal judicial service
On January 7, 1997, President William J. 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. The United States Senate confirmed Mollway's nomination in a 56-34 vote on June 22, 1998. 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."Congress". As Chief Judge of the court she had the honor of administering the oath of office to incoming Congressman Mark Takai. On November 6, 2015 Mollway assumed senior status.
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- Susan Oki Mollway at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
John Michael Seabright
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii