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             The Honorable Tony N. Leung

The Honorable Tony N. Leung was sworn in on April 29, 2011 as a new U.S. Magistrate Judge by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. Davis in Minneapolis, MN. Judge Leung becomes the first Asian-Pacific American to serve on the federal bench in Minnesota. Prior to today, Judge Leung had served for nearly 17 years as a state District Court Judge in Minnesota's Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County. He was born in Hong Kong, immigrated to the U.S. when he was six years old, and became the first Asian-Pacific American judge in Minnesota history when he was appointed in 1994 by Governor Arne H. Carlson.

The Honorable Tony N. Leung was sworn in on April 29, 2011 as a new U.S. Magistrate Judge by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. Davis in Minneapolis, MN. Judge Leung becomes the first Asian-Pacific American to serve on the federal bench in Minnesota. Prior to today, Judge Leung had served for nearly 17 years as a state District Court Judge in Minnesota's Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County. He was born in Hong Kong, immigrated to the U.S. when he was six years old, and became the first Asian-Pacific American judge in Minnesota history when he was appointed in 1994 by Governor Arne H. Carlson.

Before taking the bench he was an equity partner of Faegre & Benson, a law firm based in Minneapolis with a number of offices nationally and internationally, and practiced primarily in the areas of real estate and asset-based transactions. He graduated with honors from Yale University, and New York University School of Law. He also studied at Beijing University on an international exchange program in 1981. Judge Leung is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Judge Leung won the 2000 Trailblazers Award from the National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association in Washington, D.C. He was on the founding board of the National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association – MN Chapter. He is a past president of the Organization of Chinese Americans – MN Chapter. He was also on the founding board of the Twin Cities Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, which started the annual Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference. Judge Leung was also one of the founding board members of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, and served as its first board chair. He co-chaired for several years the Minnesota State Bar Association's Court Rules and Administration Committee.

Editor's Note: China Insight featured Judge Leung in the article "Representatives of the Silent Minority: An introduction to Chinese of interest" by Greg Hugh in the March 2004 issue.

 

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