Alameda County Superior Court Judge Eumi K. Lee has been selected by President Joe Biden for nomination to the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, pending approval by the U.S. Senate.
Lee, a law professor and private attorney earlier in her legal career, has served on the Alameda County Superior Court since 2018, when she was appointed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown and became the first Korean-American judge in the county's history.
She was among four prospective federal court nominees nationwide announced by Biden on July 27, with the White House calling the candidates "extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution. These choices also continue to fulfill the President's promise to ensure that the nation's courts reflect the diversity that is one of our greatest assets as a country -- both in terms of personal and professional backgrounds."
A graduate of Pomona College and the Georgetown University Law Center, Lee worked as a law clerk for late judge Jerome Turner in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee from 1999 to 2000 and late judge Warren J. Ferguson in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2001 to 2002 -- employed as an associate at Thelen, Reid & Priest LLP in between.
She practiced law as an associate at Keker & Van Nest LLP from 2002 to 2005, and then served as a clinical professor of law at the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (then known as the UC Hastings College of the Law) from 2005 until her appointment to the Alameda County bench in December 2018.
A timeline for Lee's confirmation process before the Senate has not yet been released.