Speaker Theodore Chuang
Theodore D. Chuang serves as a United States District Judge for the District of Maryland and sits at the United States Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland. Judge Chuang was nominated by President Obama on September 25, 2013 and received his commission on May 2, 2014.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Chuang served as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2011 to 2014 and as Associate General Counsel of DHS from 2009 to 2011. In 2009, he served as Chief Investigative Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce. From 2007 to 2009, he served as Deputy Chief Investigative Counsel for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From 2004 to 2007, Judge Chuang was in private practice in Washington, D.C.
From 1998 to 2004, Judge Chuang served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. From 1995 to 1998, he served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, in Washington, D.C. Judge Chuang began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Throughout his career, Judge Chuang has been active in professional and community organizations. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, a legal services organization serving low income, limited English proficient Asian Americans and immigrants in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region. He has also served on the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar, as President of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, and as an officer of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area and of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership. Judge Chuang is the first Asian American federal judge appointed to serve in Maryland or in any of the states within the Fourth Circuit.
Judge Chuang graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1994, where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review and a Finalist in the Ames Moot Court Competition, and received his B.A. summa cum laude in Economics from Harvard College in 1991. He was born in Media, Pennsylvania and grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Moderator Emily Chong
Emily Chong is currently a first-year law student at Georgetown University Law Center, where she is a recipient of the Leslie Turner Opportunity Scholarship. She received her B.A. cum laude in Political Science and Psychology from Vanderbilt University. At Georgetown Law, Emily is the 1L representative of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, a Public Interest Fellow, and an Employment Justice Center volunteer. She has served as a CAPAL intern at the National Credit Union Administration and as an “OCA—Asian Pacific American Advocates” intern at the Internal Revenue Service. Reflecting her interest in civil rights law, Emily is interning with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section this summer.
More About CAPAL’s AAPI Roundtable Series
The AAPI Roundtable Series provides an informal and intimate space for the public, particularly young AAPI professionals and students, to engage with AAPI leaders in government, policy and nonprofit work. The series is intended to provide a candid perspective on what it means to be AAPI and have a career in public service.