Published on: Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will have its first judge appointed by President Joe Biden after the Senate confirmed Lucy Koh on Monday (article available here).

Koh, 53, a U.S. District Judge in the Northern District of California, will be the first Korean-American woman to serve as a U.S. federal appeals court judge.

She previously worked as a judge on the Santa Clara County Superior Court in California and as a litigation partner at a large law firm representing tech companies in patent, trade secret and commercial civil matters. She was also assistant U.S. attorney in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California from 1997 to 2000.  

With Koh’s confirmation, President Joe Biden has now confirmed 10 appeals court judges and 29 lifetime federal judges. He’s confirmed more judges than decades of past presidents had by this point in their first year in office.