Theodore D. Chuang
Theodore D. Chuang
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland|
|Assumed office |
May 2, 2014
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Roger W. Titus|
Theodore David Chuang
October 17, 1969
|Education||Harvard University (B.A.)|
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Theodore David Chuang (born October 17, 1969) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and former Deputy General Counsel of the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Chuang was born in Media, Pennsylvania, in 1969. His parents are immigrants from Taiwan. Chuang earned a B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1991; as an undergraduate, he wrote for the Harvard Crimson. He went on to earn a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1994. As a law student, he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He is married and has two daughters.
Chuang began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, from 1994 to 1995. From 1995 to 1998, he served as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. From 1998 to 2004, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Massachusetts. He served as counsel at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, D.C. from 2004 to 2007. From 2007 to 2009, he was Deputy Chief Investigative Counsel for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In 2009, he was Chief Investigative Counsel for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. From 2009 until his confirmation as a federal judge in 2014, he served as Deputy General Counsel of the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Federal judicial service
On September 25, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Chuang to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, to the seat being vacated by Judge Roger W. Titus, who took senior status on January 17, 2014. Chuang's nomination was strongly supported by Maryland's two U.S. senators, Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski. He was rated "well-qualified" by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. On January 16, 2014, his nomination was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 10–8 vote. On April 29, 2014, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed for cloture on Chuang's nomination. On May 1, 2014, the Senate voted 54–43 on the motion to invoke cloture. Later that day, the Senate voted 53–42 to confirm Chuang. He received his judicial commission on May 2, 2014. Chuang sits in Greenbelt, Maryland.
On July 13, 2020, Chuang suspended the in-person requirement for women wanting to obtain the abortion pill mifepristone during the COVID-19 epidemic due to public health risks. Chuang affirmed the decision in December 2020 when the Trump administration requested to reinstate that requirement. However, the Supreme Court of the United States subsequently overruled Chuang's decision 6-3, therefore requiring women to obtain the pills in person until at least the end of the Trump presidency.
- Questionnaire: Theodore Chuang, United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
- Duncan, Ian (March 16, 2017). "Who is the Maryland judge in the Trump travel ban ruling?". Baltimore Sun.
- "Chuang, Theodore David – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- "President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts" (Press release). White House Office of the Press Secretary. September 25, 2013.
- Rating of Article III Judicial Nominees: 113th Congress: Adjourned December 16, 2014, American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary.
- title=Executive Business Meeting|url=https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/ExecutiveBusinessMeetingResults-01-16-2014.pdf%7Cpublisher=United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary|date= January 16, 2014}}
- "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 2nd Session". Vote Summary: Vote Number 127. United States Senate.
- Kunzelman, Michael (July 13, 2020). "Judge: Women can get abortion pill without doctor visit". WJRT-TV. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
- Kunzelman, Michael (December 11, 2020). "Federal judge in Maryland rejects Trump administration bid to reinstate rule for dispensing abortion pill". The Baltimore Sun. Associated Press.
- "Supreme Court justices say women must obtain abortion pill in person". PBS News Hour. Associated Press. January 12, 2021.
- Theodore D. Chuang at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Theodore Chuang at Ballotpedia
Roger W. Titus
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland