Our Story: Asian American Judges Share Their Path to the Bench, Diversity, and Thoughts of the Future


We hosted a virtual fireside chat with prominent Asian American jurists. The jurists each discuss their path to the bench, reflect on issues of diversity and inclusion and challenges faced in their paths. The jurists also discuss diversity and inclusion issues raised in Secretary Jeh Johnson’s report as special adviser on equal justice in the New York State Courts as well as speak to the future of the court system in terms of inclusion of Asian American judges and attorneys.

Hon. Shahabudeen Ally,
Supervising Judge, New York County Civil Court
Hon. Jeffrey K. Oing,
New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department
Hon. Ushir Pandit-Durant,
New York State Supreme Court, Queens County
Hon. Lillian Wan,
New York State Supreme Court, Kings County

Sponsoring Committee:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Robert A. Marchman and Matthew E. Morningstar, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
Asian American Judges Association of New York State (AAJANY)
Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)
Franklin H. Williams Commission
Judicial Friends
Latino Judges Association
Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY)
New York Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges
South Asian Bar Association of New York
South Asian Indo-Caribbean Bar Association Queens