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Anthony W Ishii

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Appointed by  Bill Clinton
Role  Judge
Name  Anthony Ishii
Preceded by  Robert Everett Coyle

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Preceded by  Garland Ellis Burrell Jr.
Alma mater  University of the Pacific UC Berkeley School of Law
Education  UC Berkeley School of Law, Reedley College, University of the Pacific

Succeeded by  Morrison C. England Jr.

Anthony Wayne Ishii (born 1946) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.


Education and career

Born in Santa Ana, California, Ishii received an Associate of Science degree from Reedley Junior College in 1966, a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1970, and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1973. He was a deputy in the City Attorney's Office of Sacramento, California in 1975, and a deputy public defender, Public Defender's Office, County of Fresno, California in 1979. He was in private practice in Fresno, California from 1979 to 1983. He was a Justice Court judge, Parlier-Selma Judicial District, County of Fresno, California from 1983 to 1993, and a Municipal Court judge, Central Valley Municipal Court, County of Fresno, California from 1994 to 1997.

Federal judicial service

On February 12, 1997, Ishii was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California vacated by Robert E. Coyle. Ishii was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 9, 1997, and received his commission on October 14, 1997, becoming the first Asian Pacific American judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. He served as chief judge from 2008 to 2012. He took senior status on October 31, 2012.

Awards and recognition

In 2013 Ishii received the President’s Award from the Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento.


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