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Peggy Kuo announced as U.S. magistrate judge for Eastern District of NY

December 28, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon of the Eastern District Court. Eagle photo by Mario Belluomo
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Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon is pleased to announce the investiture of Peggy Kuo as U.S. magistrate judge for the Eastern District of New York. Judge Kuo will be sworn in at the Theodore Roosevelt Courthouse in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 5 p.m.

Judge Kuo is the first Taiwanese-American federal judge in New York. Before her appointment, Kuo was the deputy commissioner and general counsel of the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, the largest municipal tribunal in the country. Previously, she was chief hearing officer at the New York Stock Exchange, where she was in charge of disciplinary matters involving violations of federal securities laws. She was also litigation counsel at WilmerHale, LLP.

From 1998 to 2002, Kuo prosecuted war crimes at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Her historic trial regarding mass rape in Bosnia later became the topic of the documentary film “I Came to Testify.”

After clerking for Hon. Judith W. Rogers, then-chief judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals, Kuo worked as a federal prosecutor, first as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington D.C., prosecuting general crimes. She then became a trial attorney and acting deputy chief of the Civil Rights Division Criminal Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she investigated and prosecuted hate crimes and allegations of police misconduct.

Judge Kuo was born in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. at the age of 3. She graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School.


-Information from the Office of the District Court Executive

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