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Chung, a Pittsburgh resident, is the First Asian Pacific American (APA) Judge to Serve on the Third Circuit 

Chung’s confirmation follows that of Judge Arianna Freeman, who became the first Black woman and woman of color on the Third Circuit last year


Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is announcing the historic confirmation of Cindy Chung to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit:

“Cindy Chung has made history today. She is the first Asian Pacific American judge to sit on the Third Circuit and, thanks in part to President Biden’s commitment to making our federal courts reflect the great diversity of our Nation, she is now one of five women who will actively serve on that bench,” said Senator Casey. “Throughout her legal career she has demonstrated a deep understanding of the law, and during her nearly decade-long tenure in the Western District, she served the people of Western Pennsylvania with integrity and a commitment to fair and equal justice. She is a trailblazer in the legal community and I was proud to move her nomination forward and vote to confirm her.”

Cindy K. Chung has served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania since 2021. Ms. Chung served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 2014 to 2021. From 2009 to 2014, Ms. Chung served as a trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. From 2003 to 2009, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Chung served as a law clerk for Judge Myron Thompson on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama from 2002 to 2003. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2002 and her B.A. from Yale University in 1997.