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Asian Pacific American Legal Center Celebrates Historic Judicial Appointment of Dolly M. Gee

Los Angeles, CA – Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Dolly M. Gee to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles).  Gee’s appointment is historic, as she becomes the first Chinese American female to serve as an Article III Judge.  The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) joins other Asian American civil rights and legal organizations in congratulating Gee.
 
“We are extraordinarily proud of Dolly Gee and our entire board and staff celebrate her historic appointment to the federal bench,” said Stewart Kwoh, President and Executive Director of APALC.  “Dolly is an inspiration to many of us, not just for her legal skills and accomplishments, but also for her dedication and commitment to justice and community.” 
 
“We have historically stressed the importance of diversity in the judiciary and Dolly Gee’s confirmation will help change the makeup of the federal judiciary to better reflect the American people,” said Karen K. Narasaki, President and Executive Director of the Asian American Justice Center, an affiliate of APALC.
 
Since 1986, Gee has been a partner at Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers LLP, where she specializes in labor and employment law.  She has served on the boards of many community legal organizations including the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, the California Women’s Law Center, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty.  Gee was also a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County, from whom she received the President’s Award.  Gee has also received many awards, including the National Asian Pacific American Bar Associaiton’s highest honor, the Trailblazer Award; numerous pro bono service awards; and the “Super Lawyer” distinction from Los Angeles Magazine.
 
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Thursday, December 24, 2009
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