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April 22, 2010


Sydney Lawyer

This is a great honour and recognises the enormous contribution of this judge whilst also contributing to greater diversity at the highest levels of the judiciary.


Congratulations to my former law school classmate, and studymate/roommate Denny Chin!The U.S. Senate today unanimously confirmed Judge Denny Chin to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit! Back in law school we already nicknamed Judge Chin, "the Judge", because of his judicial temperment, his love of the law, his ability to analyze, dissect, and break down very complex issues and then to express and convey them in easy to understand, intelligible, and intellectual terms, with a workable, sensible, inherently fair solution or answer.
I always predicted that he will be the first Asian-American to sit on the Supreme Court!

Judge Chin will be elevated from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where he drew national attention for sentencing financier Bernard Madoff to 150 years in prison for orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme.
Born in Hong Kong, Chin will be the only active Asian-American judge on a federal appellate court.

The 98-0 vote came despite months of anonymous objections to scheduling a confirmation vote. The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Chin’s nomination Dec. 10, and since then Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has blamed Republicans for the delays.

In a statement, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called Chin's nomination a "historic achievement" that was "long overdue" because of the anonymous objections.
Congratulations again to Judge Denny Chin! Well-deserved to an outstanding individual I am pleased to call, "friend and brother", and long overdue!


Many of Bush's nominees were confimred by "unamious consent"....Bush's nominees were confirmed at a faster rate, even when Congress was dealing with 9/11, Anthrax attacks, & a host of other issues...

The turtles pace to which President Obama's nominations are moving is absolutely shameful...Chen (and others) have waited 6 months or more, then get confirmed 98-0..

Republicans are earning the "party of no" mantra, that's for sure....

Richard Samp

In light of the several vacancies on the Second Circuit, Senate Republicans are to be commended for allowing Judge Chin's nomination to be voted on by the full Senate a mere seven months after his nomination. That period is far shorter than the average wait experienced by appeals court nominees during the Bush Administration.

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