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Report: Fewer Asian-Americans hold Top Legal Positions

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Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — When Goodwin Liu was sworn-in as a member of the seven-judge California Supreme Court in 2011, he became the court’s fourth sitting member of Asian descent.

A trend that isn’t seen as commonly nation wide, according to a new study of the country’s top legal positions.

Other state supreme courts across the nation combined have just a handful of Asian-American justices. Additionally, Asian-American representation on other state courts, the federal bench and among the country’s top prosecutorial roles is extremely sparse.

These findings were published in a new study led by Liu and a team of Yale University law students. It provides a portrait of Asian-American members of the legal community, and comes to this conclusion: They are well-represented among the nation’s most respected attorneys, but still absent from some of the nation’s highest posts.

“They have a foot in the door in virtually every sector of the legal profession,” Liu told The Associated Press. “The question now is how wide that door’s going to swing open for them.”

Liu’s parents were doctors who migrated to the U.S. in the late 1960s from Taiwan. None of his surroundings suggested he’d one day have a legal career — his parents stressed the importance of studying math and science. Liu knew no attorneys growing up, and like his parents, nearly became a doctor.

The difference came in the form of the mentorship Liu received. He had two Asian-American role models: U.S. Rep. Bob Matsui and former Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh.

Liu became a law professor and associate dean at the University of California, Berkeley, before President Barack Obama nominated him in 2010 for a prestigious federal appeals court seat. His name was even floated as a potential candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court, however, Republicans derailed his nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Liu was labeled as too liberal and took exception to his outspoken opposition to Samuel Alito’s 2006 appointment to the high court.

Asian-Americans are among the nation’s fastest-growing racial groups and make up more than five percent of the population. They make up an even larger percentage of law school students, with a significant number graduating from top institutions.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach President Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” He is the first President to be impeached twice, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats to vote for the removal of the President, whose term ends January 20th. But the Senate will not convene until January 19th to hold a trial for the president.

A full week after the Capitol was stormed by his supporters, President Trump released a video saying he condemned the mob violence that left 5 people dead and threatened the lives of members of Congress. Trump took on a solemn tone and did not address being impeached, nor acknowledge his successor President-Elect Joe Biden.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democrats in the House are moving ahead with the second impeachment of President Trump over accusations Trump incited supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. Despite tepid Republican support, the vote will be held Wednesday. Vice President Pence said he would not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump before his final day in office January 20th.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Federal investigators are looking to bring criminal charges on everyone involved in the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol and they are also looking at the role President Trump had in inviting his supporters to interrupt the certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s win. 15 criminal cases have already been filed, including one against one man who brought a military semi-automatic rifle and 11 Molotov cocktails. Capitol Police are also under fire for how the building was breached in the first place, leading to the resignation of their police chief. The House & Senate Sergeant at Arms are also being replaced.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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