May/June 2011
New Magistrate Judge for District of Minnesota: Tony N. Leung

On April 29, 2011, Chief Judge Michael J. Davis announced the appointment of Tony N. Leung as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota. Leung took the oath of office in the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis on April 29, 2011. A formal ceremony will be held at a later date.

Judge Leung has been serving the state of Minnesota as a district court judge in the Fourth Judicial District since 1994. He was the first Asian-Pacific American judge in Minnesota’s history when he was appointed to the state bench. Magistrate Judge Leung is the first Asian-Pacific American to serve on the federal bench in Minnesota. He was born in 1959 and immigrated to the United States in 1966 from Hong Kong. Prior to serving on the bench, Magistrate Judge Leung was an equity partner at the firm Faegre & Benson, LLC. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, and his B.A., cum laude, in political science from Yale University. Magistrate Judge Leung also obtained an International Exchange Diploma from Beijing (Peking) University.

In 2000 he received the Trailblazers Award from the National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association in Washington, D.C. He is a founding member of the National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association – Minnesota Chapter. He is also a founding member of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice. He has also served as co-chair for several years of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Court Rules and Administration Committee.

Welcome, Judge Leung!

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