University of Pittsburgh
The Office of Professional and Career Development presents:

Judge Ida Chen: Great Expectations: A Diverse Attorney’s Path to the Bench

October 18, 2012 - 12:00pm1:00pm
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue G-12
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The Office of Professional and Career Development is proud to host a brown bag luncheon with The Hon. Ida Chen of the Philadelphia Family Court on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from Noon – 1:00 PM in Room G12.


Judge Chen serves in Philadelphia’s Family Court and will be discussing career expectations and opportunities. During her presentation, she will explain how she became a judge, describe her work in hearing cases of (civil) domestic violence and present information regarding language access in the courts.


Judge Ida Chen was born in Hong Kong and immigrated from Indonesia. From 1976 to 1986, she served as a Trial Attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1986, she was the first Asian American to be appointed to serve on the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission by the Mayor of Philadelphia. Thereafter, in l987, she was appointed a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas by the Governor of Pennsylvania and upon her election, in l989, became the first Asian American woman to be elected a Judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Since 1984, she has been an Adjunct Professor at Temple University School of Law and since 1985, an Instructor with Cornell University, the School of Industrial & Labor Relations.

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