AAAYA (New York City) - A Conversation with Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo '85

AAAYA (New York City) - A Conversation with Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo '85
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm




United States District Court, Eastern District of New York


DATE:  Wednesday, May 24, 2017

TIME:  6:00–8:00 pm

LOCATION:  Shearman & Sterling, The Shearman Room, 599 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022



In celebration of Asian Pacific American History Month, please join AVALANCHE (Shearman & Sterling’s Asia focused inclusion network), AABANY (Asian American Bar Association of New York) and AAAYA (Association of Asian American Yale Alumni) for an exciting discussion moderated by Christopher LaVigne, Litigation Partner at Shearman & Sterling, followed by a cocktail reception.


Magistrate Judge Kuo was appointed on October 9, 2015.  Judge Kuo clerked for the Honorable Judith W. Rogers with the D.C. Court of Appeals.  From 1989 until 1993, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia. From 1994 to 1998, she was a trial attorney and then 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 throughout the United States. From 1998 to 2002, Judge Kuo prosecuted war crimes and crimes against humanity at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.  Her historic trial regarding mass rape in Bosnia became the subject of the documentary film, “I Came To Testify,” part of the PBS series Women, War and Peace. Upon her return to New York, Judge Kuo became litigation counsel at WilmerHale, LLP.

In 2005, she was appointed Chief Hearing Officer at the New York Stock Exchange, where she presided over hearings involving violations of federal securities laws.  From 2011 until her appointment to the bench, she was Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel of the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, the largest municipal tribunal in the country.

She received a B.A., summa cum laude, in history from Yale University and a J.D., cum laude from Harvard Law School.