Federal judicial nominees from LA would be 'firsts'

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Two of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s nominees as U.S. district judges would be the first Chinese-American and Vietnamese-American women judges on the federal bench. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations today.

Both women have extensive legal backgrounds. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Nguyen is a former U.S. attorney in the Central District of California. She previously worked in private practice.

Dolly Gee is a managing partner in a Los Angeles-based law firm, where she specializes in labor and employment litigation. Both women graduated from UCLA Law School.

Senator Feinstein urged the full Senate to quickly confirm these and two other nominees for federal judgeships in San Francisco, because she says the federal courts in that district and in L.A. operate with unacceptably high caseloads. The senator also noted that of 875 federal district judges, 8 are of Asian or Pacific Islander descent.

A bipartisan advisory committee screened judicial candidates and forwarded their names for the senator’s approval.