University of Michigan Alumni

Listed here are Asian/Pacific Islander American Judiciary leaders who are also alumni from the University of Michigan, three of who are still actively serving. The district courts that they serve are diverse. They are just the beginning of A/PIA judiciary leaders becoming more prominent across the country. 

Shiro Kashiwa (1912-1998)

  • The first federal judge of Japanese-American descent and first Asian American judge on the federal circuit 
  • Judge for the Court of Claims (1971-1982) 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1982-1986) 
  • Received his B.A. and J.D. at the University of Michigan

Harold M. Fong (1938-1995)

  • Judge for U.S District Court for the District of Hawaii (1982-1995) and Chief Judge (1984-1991) 
  • Received his J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School

Pamela K. Chen (1961 – )

  • Judge for U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2013 – Present) 
  • Received her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan

Edmond E-Min Chang (1970 – )

  • Judge for U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2010 – Present)
  • Received his B.S.E from the University of Michigan

Nicholas J. Ranjan (1978 – )

  • Judge for U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (2019 – Present)
  • Received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School