Tuesday, January 17, 2006

What Can You Do about So Few AsAm Judges?

According to government data, as of September 30,
2004, Asian Americans (AsAms) are only 0.7% of all active Federal
judges (technically they are referred to as the Title III judges),
while they are 5.3% of all legal professionals. By contrast, African
Americans are 10.7% and Hispanics are 6.5% of all Federal judges,
while they are 4.4% and 2.9% of all legal professionals, respectively.*

In short, while there are more AsAms in legal professionals
than either African Ams or Hispanics, AsAms have less than 1/15
those of African Am Federal judges and 1/10 those of Hispanic
judges. See how much GROUP political clout makes a difference?

What can you do? what can 80-20 do about it?

80-20 aims to greatly increase Asian Am.
representation at all levels of Federal Courts, including the
Supreme Court. How? Here is the first step.

80-20 is holding a historic event, the "Gathering of
AsAm Legal Eagles,"
in Los Angeles where the
Board of 80-20 will meet over the same weekend.

Four of the ONLY six active AsAm Federal District Court
judges and a legal pioneer Anthony Ching will be there. It is
also a gathering of the "FIRSTS."

Anthony Ching, the FIRST ever Solicitor General of Arizona,
having argued 2 cases before the Supreme Court;

Federal District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway, the FIRST Asian
Am. woman District judge,

Federal District Judge Ronald S. W. Lew, the FIRST Chinese Am.
District judge in the Continental U.S., and

Federal District Judge Dana Sabraw, the FIRST Asian Am.
judge in the Southern District of CA,

Federal District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii, the FIRST Asian
Am. District judge in the Eastern District of CA,

Each of the honored guests will tell the audience
something about themselves, and how they think the Asian Am.
community could work to increase Asian Am. representation at all
levels of Federal courts, including the Supreme Court.

In addition, 80-20 will announce during the luncheon,
where the press will be present, a very aggressive program
through the Congressional election of 2006 and the presidential
election to induce the appointment of more AsAm judges.

Aren't you outraged by the statistics cited in the first
two paragraphs?
We trust that you are!

Please convert you outrage to positive action. Join 80-20. 80-20
is the ONLY AsAm organization that advocates the creation and growth
of AsAm political clout. That is the ONLY SOLUTION. To join
using a credit card, visit

http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html (easy to use) or
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu Director of Projects
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the
check. Life membership is $1,000; Family (2 voters) is $50; Basic
Membership is $35; Student membership is $15. Thank you.

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* Sent to us by a Federal District Court Judge,
who unfortunately has a schedule conflict and couldn't attend the
"Gathering of Legal Eagles. "