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

On Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 10 AM, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings and a vote to consider the nomination of UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This 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. It is very well possible that the vote will be blocked anytime between now and 10 AM on May 6 by Senator(s) that oppose Goodwin Liu’s confirmation.

Some 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.

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If you want to make a quick phone call to Senators on the Judiciary Committee to make your voice heard, find below a brief scenario for you on how to call the Senators’ offices anytime on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 between 9AM and 6PM EST. *NOTE that does not officially take a stance in favor or against support of Goodwin Liu, but we recognize that many Americans of Taiwanese descent are interested in voicing their personal opinions.

These are the Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee that warrant multiple phone calls:

Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama (202) 224-4124
Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah (202) 224-5251
Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (202) 224-3744
Jon Kyl, R-Arizona (202) 224-4521
Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina (202) 224-5972
John Cornyn, R-Texas (202) 224-2934
Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma (202) 224-5754

(NOTE that you can call ALL of these offices. You do not necessarily have to be living in the state of one of these senators yourself.

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STEP 1. Dial the number of the Senator’s DC office.

STEP 2. When the telephone is picked up, do not ask to speak to one of the Senator’s aides, but express your concern directly to the person who picks up the phone along the following lines.

Hi, this is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR CITY] in [YOUR STATE]

I am a Taiwanese American and I am calling you today to urge the Senator to support the confirmation of Goodwin Liu during tomorrow morning’s mark-up hearing in the Judiciary Committee. Goodwin Liu is a brilliant scholar and I consider his views within the mainstream. Thank you very much!

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