New Eastern District judge celebrates robing ceremony in Brooklyn Courthouse
Brooklyn Federal Judge Pamela K. Chen was sworn in on Friday at an investiture, or robing ceremony, as the newest addition to the United States Eastern District Court. Chen’s colleagues, mentors, friends, and family all came out to help acknowledge her accomplishments and her successes as she made the transition from trial attorney to federal judge.
“I can’t say how proud we are of her,” noted Chen’s brother, Eric Chen. Law school classmate and current Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Hon. Sheila Simon reminisced about the study group that she and Chen formed over 25years ago while at Georgetown Law School, which that still meets up today.
“Pam was famous for getting both sides of the argument,” Simon said. “She had a passion for learning and an idea that she could be a part of justice.” This passion is not only one that Chen and her study group displayed in their academic achievements, it is something that they “sang about,” Simon noted as she pulled out her banjo and proceeded to sing a song about the first case she witnessed while in law school.
Judge Chen, on the recommendation of United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate in March 2013.