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Judge Tana Lin Biography

Tana Lin is a judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Judge. Lin was nominated by President Joseph Biden and sworn in on December 8, 2021. Judge Lin is the first Asian American Article III judge and former public defender in Washington state.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Lin was Of Counsel (and formerly a partner) with Keller Rohrback L.L.P., where she was a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation Group since 2004. She began her legal career as a trial attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia where she handled cases ranging from drug possession to murder at the trial level and argued appellate cases before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Judge Lin then joined the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she enforced federal discrimination laws across the country. At DOJ, and later at the Chicago District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Judge Lin investigated and prosecuted employment discrimination cases against large governmental entities and private corporations. She also served as the Litigation Coordinator for the Michigan Poverty Law Program where she developed statewide projects to address issues facing low income communities, provided advocacy skills trainings to legal services attorneys, and served on the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Advisory Council.

Judge Lin attended Cornell University for her undergraduate degree. She graduated from NYU School of Law where she was Root-Tilden-Snow scholar.