Judge Edward M. Chen | Trellis

The Honorable Edward M. Chen

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Department 5

Biography

The Hon. Edward M. Chen is a district judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He was nominated to the bench by former President Barack Obama on August 6, 2009, filling a seat vacated by the Hon. Martin J. Jenkins.

Chen earned an A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975. He then continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he completed a J.D. in 1979.

He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Charles B. Renfrew of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 1979. The following year, he accepted a position as an attorney with the Asian Law Caucus. He worked there briefly, leaving to clerk for the Hon. James R. Browning of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1981.

Then, in 1982, Chen joined Coblentz, Cahen, McCabe & Breyer, where he worked as an associate for the next three years. He left the firm in 1985 and became a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California. During his six-year tenure there, he specialized in language discrimination cases.

In 2001 he was selected to serve as a United States Magistrate Judge by the judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He held this position until 2011.

Chen was first nominated by President Barack Obama to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 2009. The Senate, however, returned his nomination for failure to confirm. It has been reported that Republicans rejected his nomination due to his connections with the American Civil Liberties Union.

He was born and raised in Oakland, California.

Education

J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1979)

A.B. from University of California, Berkeley (1975)

Career

United States Magistrate Judge at United States District Court for the Northern District of California (2001 to 2011)

Staff Attorney at American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California (1985 to 2001)

Associate at Coblentz, Cahen, McCabe & Breyer in San Francisco County, California (1982 to 1985)

Law Clerk at United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit with the Hon. James R. Browning in San Francisco County, California (1981 to 1982)

Attorney at Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco County, California (1980 to 1981)

Law Clerk at United States District Court for the Northern District of California with the Hon. Charles B. Renfrew in San Francisco County, California (1979 to 1980)

Recent Rulings by Hon Edward M. Chen

  • UNITED STATES V. DALADIER MURILLO-ALVARADO

    Dec 4, 2017 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. DALADIER MURILLO-ALVARADO, AKA Domingo Arredondo, AKA Daladier Murillo, AKA Daladier Alvarado Murillo, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California Virginia A. Phillips, Chief District Judge, Presid...

  • UNITED STATES V. RAMON ALVAREZ

    Oct 26, 2017 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. RAMON SULLIVAN ALVAREZ, AKA Ramon Salgado Alvarez, AKA Ray Alvarez, AKA Raymond Alvarez, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California S. James Otero, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted J...

  • FELIPE ANTONIO V. VANARETH YI

    Aug 8, 2017 | 

    FELIPE ANTONIO, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. VANARETH KIM YI; EMAD NAIEM GHALY GABRA, Defendants-Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California Stephen V. Wilson, District Judge, Presiding Submitted July 14, 2017** Pasadena, California Before: PREGERSON and WARDLA...

  • BEVERLY HILLS UNIF. SCH. DIST. V. FTA

    Aug 8, 2017 | 

    BEVERLY HILLS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION; et al., Defendants-Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California George H. Wu, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted July 14, 2017 Pasadena, California Be...

  • UNITED STATES V. ALEXANDRO NECOCHEA-VARELA

    Jul 31, 2017 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. ALEXANDRO NECOCHEA-VARELA, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California Larry A. Burns, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted July 14, 2017 Pasadena, California Before: PREGERSON and WARDL...

  • SEUNGTAE KIM V. BMW FINANCIAL SERVICES

    Jul 31, 2017 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. ALEXANDRO NECOCHEA-VARELA, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California Larry A. Burns, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted July 14, 2017 Pasadena, California Before: PREGERSON and WARDL...

  • SEUNGTAE KIM V. BMW FINANCIAL SERVICES

    Jul 31, 2017 | 

    SEUNGTAE KIM, an individual, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. BMW FINANCIAL SERVICES NA LLC, a business entity, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California Beverly Reid O’Connell, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted July 14, 2017 Pasadena, Calif...

  • UNITED STATES V. JOSE RAMIREZ

    Jul 20, 2017 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. JOSE LUIS RAMIREZ, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California Larry A. Burns, District Judge, Presiding Submitted July 14, 2017** Pasadena, California Before: PREGERSON and WARDLAW, Circuit Judge...

  • DANIEL DEMER V. IBM CORP LTD PLAN

    Aug 26, 2016 | 

    DANIEL G. DEMER, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. IBM CORPORATION LTD PLAN; METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendants-Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona Jennifer G. Zipps, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted December 11, 2015 San Francisco, Californi...

  • ALESIA KAZAKEVICH V. LORETTA E. LYNCH

    Aug 9, 2016 | 

    ALESIA KAZAKEVICH, Petitioner, v. LORETTA E. LYNCH, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Argued and Submitted July 8, 2016 Pasadena, California Before: CLIFTON and FRIEDLAND, Circuit Judges, and CHEN, District Judge.** Alesia Kazakevich, a native of the former ...

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