Padilla, Feinstein Applaud Nomination of Judge Eumi Lee to the Northern District of California

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) released the following statement after the White House announced that President Biden nominated Judge Eumi Lee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that was created when Judge William Orrick took senior status earlier this year:

“We applaud President Biden’s nomination of Judge Eumi Lee to serve the Northern District of California. We commend her dedication as an Alameda County Superior Court Judge, where she has demonstrated her deep commitment to public service and displayed a wealth of legal expertise. Her time on the bench and her 20 years of experience practicing law have equipped her to serve on the Northern District, and we look forward to working with our colleagues to swiftly approve her nomination.”

Judge Eumi Lee: Candidate for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Judge Eumi Lee has been a California Superior Court Judge in Alameda County since December 2018, when Governor Jerry Brown appointed her. In this role, she has overseen criminal and civil cases and civil trials. 

Prior to her appointment, Judge Lee spent 20 years practicing law, including in private practice at two separate law firms. From 2005 to 2018, she was a clinical professor at the University of California College of the Law at San Francisco, previously known as Hastings College of the Law. In addition to her clinical teaching, Judge Lee taught several doctrinal courses and served as co-founder and co-director of the Hastings Institute for Criminal Justice. During this time, she also served as an independent legal consultant on various trials and appeals and as an ethics consultant at several California public utilities. Judge Lee received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, in 1999 and her B.A. from Pomona College in 1994.


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