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NAPABA Celebrates Confirmation of Jill Otake to the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii

Thursday, August 2, 2018  
Posted by: Brett Schuster
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For Immediate Release
Aug. 2, 2018

                                                    For More Information, Contact:
                                                    Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
                                                    bschuster@napaba.org, 202-775-9555

NAPABA Celebrates Confirmation of Jill Otake
to the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii

WASHINGTON — Last night, the U.S. Senate confirmed Jill Otake to the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. Otake becomes the 22nd active Asian Pacific American federal district judge and the third active Asian Pacific American judge serving in the District of Hawaii.

“We congratulate Jill Otake on her confirmation to the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii,” said Pankit J. Doshi, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). “As an experienced prosecutor and public servant, she brings a wealth of experience to the bench. We are especially proud to see a dedicated leader within the diverse legal community and our affiliated bar associations be given this opportunity to serve.”

Otake is the acting chief of the Special Crime Section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawaii, having previously served as deputy chief since 2014. She spent nine years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington. Prior to that she was a deputy prosecuting attorney in King County, Washington. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her stellar work in the legal system, including awards and accolades by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Justice. She is a leader in her community, both in Hawaii and in Washington. Otake is co-chair of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee and was a fellow of the bar’s Leadership Institute. Otake has served as co-president of the Asian American Bar Association of Washington, a NAPABA affiliate.

NAPABA thanks President Trump for nominating Jill A. Otake to the bench and Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Brian E. Schatz for recommending her to the White House. NAPABA recommended Otake earlier this year.

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or bschuster@napaba.org.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 50,000 attorneys and over 80 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

To learn more about NAPABA, visit www.napaba.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@NAPABA) and Instagram (@napabanational).