Ming Chin, Associate Justice of the Supreme of California visits ICA / April 10, 2013

Justice Ming W. Chin shared his life story with the ICA community, focusing on the influence of his parents, his Jesuit education, and the evolution of his career. 

Overcoming economic adversity, defending individual freedoms, and exhibiting a dedicated commitment to the law are hallmarks of the distinguished career of California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming W. Chin. 

The son of Chinese immigrants and the youngest of eight children, Justice Chin learned early in his life the importance of hard work, working seven days a week on his family's farm near Klamath Falls, Oregon. The importance of education, a determined spirit of optimism, an appreciation of conservation, and a dedication to community service were virtues instilled in Justice Chin by his parents.

Justice Ming W. Chin was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California by Governor Pete Wilson in 1996. 

Justice Chin obtained his BA degere in political science as well as a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of San Francisco. Justice Chin served two years as a Captain in the United States Army, including a year in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star. 

Justice Chin has served on many committees of the state and local bar associations and was the first Asian-American to serve as President of the Alameda County Bar Association in its more than 100-year history. 

Justice Chin has authored landmark decisions in areas such as DNA, toxic tort insurance coverage, surrogate parents, and hate crimes. 

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