- Gov. Steve Sisolak (D-NV) appointed Las Vegas attorney Patricia Lee on Monday to fill the empty seat vacated by Justice Abbi Silver in Department F after stepping down earlier this year.
- “I am proud and honored to appoint Patricia to serve on the Nevada Supreme Court,” Sisolak said in a statement. “The breadth and depth of her skillset and her personal and professional experience make her an incredible addition to the State’s highest court."
- Born in South Korea to a Korean mother and a Black military father, Lee has served as a partner at the Hutchison and Steffen law firm in Las Vegas since obtaining her Juris Doctorate at George Washington University Law School in 2002.
- She was also the first attorney from Nevada to receive the prestigious National Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association in 2013.
Las Vegas attorney Patricia Lee has made history this week by becoming the first Asian American and first Black woman to serve in the Nevada Supreme Court.
Gov. Steve Sisolak (D-NV) appointed Lee in the empty seat in Department F left by Justice Abbi Silver when she stepped down from the position earlier this year. Lee would assume the position effective immediately.
- Casey Arrowood, an assistant U.S. Attorney, is one of Biden’s nominees to serve as the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Tennessee.
- Asian American advocacy groups are calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Biden administration to reject the nomination of Arrowood following his role in the wrongful prosecution of a University of Tennessee professor.
- Arrowood was the lead prosecutor of professor Anming Hu, an internationally renowned nanotechnology expert who was targeted by the FBI under the Trump administration’s “China Initiative.”
- Hu was the first person to be prosecuted and tried in a wire fraud case before he was acquitted of all charges after the government’s evidence was deemed insufficient.
Asian American advocacy groups have opposed President Joe Biden’s nomination of Casey Arrowood to serve as U.S. Attorney.
Arrowood, an assistant U.S. Attorney, is one of Biden’s nominees to serve as the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Tennessee. On July 29, the president announced his candidacy to hold the top position in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Knoxville.
David Chiu was sworn in as the first Asian American city attorney of San Francisco on Monday.
The ceremony: Dozens of family, friends, colleagues and politicians gathered to support Chiu’s appointment as San Francisco’s city attorney.