Such a talent bank becomes necessary, because President-elect Obama has promised 80-20 Educational Foundation (EF) "to make it a top priority to nominate qualified Asian Americans to serve as Article III life-tenured District and Circuit Court federal judges, whenever such vacancies are available." Wouldn't it be a shame if the President is ready to appoint, but qualified Asian Ams couldn't be found? (See Q4 to Q6 of the commitment, at the end of this email)
About 50 vacancies already exist. Although the Transition Team (TT) is currently focused on filling cabinet and sub-cabinet positions, it will turn its attention to filling the vacant judicial positions. So hurry. Don't be left out.
The list of talents will be confidential with the EF. When needed, the list will be shared with the Transition Team or the White House.
The top leadership of the TT has committed that 80-20 will be "kept in the loop" regarding the nomination of the Federal judges. In addition, "We would very much like the input of 80-20 on qualified Asian Americans" regarding appointments.
80-20 has accomplished many tasks for our community which were considered by cynics as "impossible." So don't miss out this time. If you know Asian Am. lawyers seemingly qualified to be nominated as Article 3 Federal judges, pass this e-newsletter to them.
Finally, to do this job right, 80-20 continues to welcome the opportunity to work with national and/or state and/or local Asian Am. Bar Associations. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the commitments made by President-elect Obama is that "Two years upon my taking the office, I shall meet with a group of Asian American leaders, put together jointly by 80-20 and other Asian American national organizations to review the progress in adding Asian American Federal judges."
TOGETHER, we shall overcome the extremely paucity of Asian Am. Federal judges. Do your share please!!
S. B. Woo
President, 80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc.