SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Edward Chen as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The judgeship has been vacant since April 2008. Chen, 58, a U.S. magistrate judge, was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by 56-42 vote.
The judgeship became vacant when U.S. District Martin Jenkins resigned on April 4, 2008, to take a seat on the California Court of Appeals.
Judge Chen was appointed a federal magistrate judge in the Northern District of California in 2001 and was reappointed to a second 8-year term in 2009.
He worked as a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, Northern California chapter, from 1985 to 2001, and as an associate at the San Francisco firm of Coblentz, Cahen, McCabe & Breyer from 1982 to 1985. He got his J.D. from Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley, in 1979.
The Federal Court for San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose now has one vacancy in its 14 allotted slots. It received 6,931 case filings in fiscal year 2010, the 9th Circuit said in announcing Chen’s appointment.