14 Facts About Jacqueline Nguyen


Jacqueline Hong-Ngoc Nguyen is an American lawyer who serves as a United States circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Jacqueline Nguyen previously served as a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California from 2009 to 2012 and as a California superior court judge from 2002 to 2009.


The daughter of a South Vietnamese army major who had worked closely with US intelligence officials, Jacqueline Nguyen moved with her family first to an army tent at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, where she lived for several months.


Jacqueline Nguyen earned her Artium Baccalaureus degree in English in 1987 from Occidental College.


Jacqueline Nguyen then earned a Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law in 1991.


From 1995 until August 2002, Jacqueline Nguyen served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California.


Jacqueline Nguyen joined the US Attorney's office in its Public Corruption and Government Fraud section, overseeing United States Department of Defense fraud prosecutions.


Jacqueline Nguyen became the first-ever Vietnamese-American woman appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.


On September 23,2009, Jacqueline Nguyen appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which reported her nomination on October 15,2009.


Jacqueline Nguyen is the first Asian-American female to serve as a federal appellate judge.


Jacqueline Nguyen is the first Vietnamese-American federal judge, and the first Asian-Pacific American female federal judge in California.


On September 3,2015, Jacqueline Nguyen granted relief to Edin Avendano-Hernandez, a Transgender Mexican, because she showed adequate proof that she would likely face torture if deported back to Mexico.


On December 29,2017, Jacqueline Nguyen partially dissented when Stephen Reinhardt and Harry Pregerson blocked an execution due to the mental health of the criminal defendant.


On June 6,2019, Jacqueline Nguyen ruled against Hyundai and Kia, ruling that they lied about their fuel economy and did not show that the California law would not apply.