ICEPN TV Special Program: Meet Honorable Sue Pai Yang
ICEPN TV Special Program: Meet Honorable Sue Pai Yang, 1st Asian American Judge in New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Court.
Program Host: Lili Greene
The Honorable Sue Pai Yang is the first Asian American judge in the NJ Workers’ Compensation Court.
The Honorable Sue Pai Yang was the first Chinese American appointed as a judge in New Jersey. She retired from the Workers’ Compensation Court in Newark where she heard cases involving workplace injuries. Her most memorable trials and decisions involved individuals who alleged psychological disabilities due to harassment/workplace bullying.
Judge Yang is Vice President of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition (NWBC) and Chaired their 2014 Convention at Rutgers Law School, Newark, entitled “Workplace Bullying: Seeking Solutions.” She encourages everyone to help eliminate workplace bullying by signing the pledge at www.workplacebullyingcoalition.org and encourages organizations to partner with NWBC to eliminate workplace bullying.
Judge Yang has held numerous leadership positions and served on many boards. Presently, she sits on the Advisory Board of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns and the Advisory Council of the Somerset County Office on Aging. She has also served on the Boards of the National Association of Women Judges and the International Association of Women Judges. In 2011, Judge Yang Chaired the National Association of Women Judges Conference in Newark, New Jersey, attended by hundreds of American and international judges. Before joining the judiciary, Judge Yang initiated the founding of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of NJ and served as its first President from 1985-1986. She was also a founder and board member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Judge Yang was the first Asian American elected to the Board of Trustees of the NJ State Bar Association and has also served on the Boards of the NJ Women Lawyers Association and National Girl Scouts USA.
Judge Yang’s Daughter: Jenny R. Yang
Jenny R. Yang, who grew up in Livingston, will serve as the Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the group announced in a release yesterday. Her appointment runs through June of 2017. For her family, the appointment is particularly significant because Yang will be the first Asian American Chair of the EEOC.
“While my two daughters were growing up, we put a lot of energy into community activism, to uniting the Asian American community” Yang’s mother, Sue Pai Yang, said. “To have Jenny being appointed the first Asian American Chair is big, it’s important. I give President Obama a lot of credit for doing this.”
Yang’s mother said she is confident that her daughter will approach her new post with the lessons she learned from her childhood in New Jersey, her Chinese heritage, and the experiences she’s had throughout her career defending workers of all backgrounds.
“That’s the really great thing about America,” Sue Pai Yang said.