Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
February 24, 2010  
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer Praises President's Nomination of Goodwin Liu for U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals  

Liu Would Be Only Active Status Asian-American Federal Appeals Court Judge on the Ninth Circuit

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised President Obama’s nomination of U.C. Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to serve on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 Senator Boxer said, “I am pleased that the President has nominated respected Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is a proven authority on constitutional law with a keen intellect. When confirmed, Professor Liu will be the only active status Asian-American judge on the Ninth Circuit. ”

Currently there are no active status Asian-American federal appeals court judges in the United States. In October, President Obama nominated Denny Chin, a District Court Judge from New York, to serve on the U.S. Second District Court of Appeals.

Professor Liu is currently associate dean and a professor of law at U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.  He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2000 and has worked with the Department of Education and the San Francisco Unified School District. 

Liu’s parents, both physicians, emigrated from Taiwan to the United States.  Professor Liu graduated from Rio Americano High School in Sacramento as co-valedictorian.  He also served as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives, which sparked his interest in government, law, and politics.

He graduated from Stanford University Phi Beta Kappa and earned his law degree from Yale Law School.  Professor Liu was also a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.