Herbert Y.C. Choy (1916 – 2004)

Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, April 23, 1971 – March 10, 2004. Senior Status: October 3, 1984

Herbert Y.C. Choy was born on the island of Kauai, Hawaii in 1916. His parents were Korean immigrants.

Choy joined the Army during World War II, and following the war, he began to practice private law with Hiram Fong. 

In 1971, President Nixon nominated Choy to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. When Choy was appointed, he made history as he became the first Asian American and Hawaiian to serve on the federal bench.


“Herbert Y.C. Choy, First Asian American to Serve On Federal Bench, Dies at 88,” http://www.metnews.com, accessed January 10, 2021, http://www.metnews.com/articles/2004/choy031504.htm.“Takasugi, Robert Mitsuhiro | Federal Judicial Center,” Fjc.gov, 2020, Takasugi, Robert Mitsuhiro.

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