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Asian Pacific Americans on the Bench: Progress Made, Challenges Faced and Looking Forward

May 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Top Row: Hon. Randall T. Eng and Hon. Lillian Wan. Bottom Row: Hon. Pamela K. Chen, Hon. Anil C. Singh, and Hon. Toko Serita
Presented by the Historical Society of the New York Courts in collaboration with the Asian American Judges Association of New York.
Sponsored by Meyer Suozzi English & Klein P.C.

Meyer Suozzi English & Klein P.C. is a sponsor of this program in honor of our wise and respected colleague Hon. Randall T. Eng. We stand with him against bias and prejudice, and for equality and justice.


Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) continue to be underrepresented in the judiciary and legal profession, though they are the fastest growing minority group in the past decade in NYS. This program during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021 looks back at pioneering AAPI judges in our state and then launches into contemporary challenges facing the AAPI judiciary and community, including addressing systemic bias and stereotypes in the legal profession, the judicial system and our everyday lives – topics that have particular resonance during this period of anti-Asian violence and hatred.

Hon. Janet DiFioreChief Judge of the State of New York

Hon. Randall T. Eng, Of Counsel, Meyer Suozzi English & Klein P.C. & Former Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department

Hon. Lillian WanNYS Acting Supreme Court Justice, sets the stage for the panel discussion with a brief presentation on the challenges for Asian Pacific American lawyers and judges, both historically and in the present day.

Moderator: Hon. Lillian Wan
Hon. Pamela K. Chen
U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York
Hon. Toko SeritaNYS Acting Supreme Court Justice and Presiding Judge of the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court
Hon. Anil C. SinghAssociate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department.


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May 20, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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