Confirmation Hearing Events for Nominee Goodwin Liu to the U.S. Court of Appeals

On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings to consider the nomination of UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Several hearing event watch parties are scheduled in major cities around the country. If you’re interested, contact the local organizers to RSVP and join in on what may be a historic occasion for the Taiwanese American community. If confirmed, he would be the only Asian American out of 175 active judges on the appeals courts. It’s anticipated, however, that there will be significant opposition by Republicans on this Obama nominee.

Some other interesting facts:

* Only four APAs have ever served as federal appellate court judges.
* Out of approximately 875 Article III federal judges, there are only 10 APAs.
* Professor Goodwin Liu joins Judge Denny Chin, nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as the second APA federal appellate court nomination this past year.

A LIVE WEBCAST can be accessed here at 2:30 pm (EDT) on March 24, 2010:

About Goodwin Liu:

Goodwin Hon Liu is an Associate Dean and Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. An acclaimed scholar, teacher, and lawyer, with experience in both the private and public sectors, Liu is a nationally-recognized expert on constitutional law and education law and policy. In 2009, he received Berkeley’s most prestigious teaching award.

Prior to joining the Berkeley faculty in 2003, Liu was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C. He clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the October 2000 Term, and for Judge David S. Tatel on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1998-1999. Between his clerkships, Liu served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. He has also worked for the Corporation for National Service, where he helped launch the AmeriCorps program.

Liu was born in Augusta, Georgia, to parents who emigrated from Taiwan, and he grew up in Sacramento where he attended public schools. Liu earned a B.S. from Stanford University in 1991, an M.A from Oxford in 2002 (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar), and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1998.

Viewing Party Locations/Times:

Hearing in Washington, D.C.

Address: Dirksen Senate Office Building – Room 226, Washington, D.C.
Time: 2:30 P.M. (EDT)
Contact: Tina Matsuoka (
The hearing will likely be very well attended and we recommend you arrive early.

Los Angeles

Address: O’Melveny & Myers LLP, 400 South Hope St, Los Angeles , CA 90071
Time: 11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. (PST)
Point of Contact: Wendy Chang (
310.909.8000, 818.681.1943

San Francisco

Address: Law Offices of Edwin Prather, 461 Bush Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, CA 94108
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (PST)
Point of Contact: Edwin Prather, (


Address: John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Room 310, Appellate Courtroom, Chicago, IL 60604
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM (CST)
Point of Contact: Diana M. Lin (


Address: Emory University School of Law, Hunter Atrium (3rd floor), 1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
Time: 2:30 – 4:00 PM (EST)
Point of Contact: Y. Grace Ha (
School Contact: Tim Hussey (


Address: Porter & Hedges, RRI Energy Plaza, 1000 Main Street, 36th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM (CST)
Point of Contact: Emily T. Kuo


Kansas City

For more information:

Read some recent articles:
ABC News: Supreme Court Battle Quietly Brews Over Possible Future Nominations
The Washington Post: Law Professor Goodwin Liu may be Test Case for Obama Judicial Picks
SF Gate: Advise and Contempt

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