Denny Chin (1954 – )

Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, April 23, 2010 – Present

Chin was nominated by President Clinton to the Southern District Bench in 1994. He served as the district judge for the Southern District of New York until 2010.

In 2009, Chin was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by President Obama. He has been serving on the Court of Appeals since 2010. 

With his appointment to the Second Circuit, Chin became the first Asian American appointed as a District Judge outside of the Ninth Circuit. Currently, Chin is also one of two active federal appellate judges of Asian American descent.


“Asian American Judges on the Federal Courts | Federal Judicial Center,”, 2020,

“Denny Chin ’75 Profile,”, accessed January 10, 2021,

Denny Chin, “A View From the Bench: A Conversation With Judge Denny Chin,” Howard and Iris Kaplan Memorial Lecture, September 10, 2012,“Hon. Denny Chin,”, accessed January 10, 2021,

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