Now this is progress! Lucy Koh was nominated by President Obama for a federal judgeship in California’s Northern District Court. This would make her the very first Korean-American federal judge in the U.S.
“Judge Koh brings a wide range of experience — not only as a judge but as a federal prosecutor and a litigator in private practice,” said U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, who recommended Koh’s nomination.
Although relatively new to the state court bench — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her in 2008 — Koh has an extensive background in federal practice as a lawyer, working as a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles and Washington. Koh also was a partner at the McDermott, Will and Emery law firm in Palo Alto, representing technology companies in patent, trade secret and commercial civil cases.
Her husband, Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, a Stanford law professor, is a top adviser on immigration issues to President Barack Obama.
Before her state court appointment, Koh was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California from 1997 to 2000. Previously, she served as special assistant to the U.S. deputy attorney general in Washington, D.C., and special counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice.
What’s with the last name Koh and lawyers?
Source: The Mercury News