Will the U.S. Supreme Court get its first Asian American justice?
By Leaders Forum March 11
Washington Post, 3/11/16
“We think that this is our time,” said Christopher Kang, national director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans. Kang worked in the White House for six years, helping to shepherd Obama’s past two Supreme Court nominees through their Senate confirmations and later handling judicial nominations in the Office of the White House Counsel.
Kang, along with other leaders of Asian American legal, business and civil rights groups, is urging White House officials at least to have an Asian American among the final candidates granted interviews with Obama. “What we are saying is, give us fair consideration,” said Tina Matsuoka, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
“Why shouldn’t we have an [Asian American] Supreme Court justice?” said Lorna Ho Randlett, founder and co-chair of the Leaders Forum, a business and civic leadership group for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. “If they’re qualified, and on the shortlist and ready to go, if not now, when?”
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