Florence Y. Pan


Associate Judge, District of Columbia Superior Court, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., B.S., University of Pennsylvania; J.D., Stanford

Florence Y. Pan was appointed to the Superior Court bench by President Barack Obama in 2009. She has been assigned to the Criminal Division of...

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Florence Y. Pan was appointed to the Superior Court bench by President Barack Obama in 2009. She has been assigned to the Criminal Division of the Court, where she has presided over both misdemeanor and felony calendars. Judge Pan received two undergraduate degrees, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania; and her law degree, with distinction, from Stanford Law School. After graduation from law school, Judge Pan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then as a law clerk to the Honorable Ralph K. Winter, United States Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Following her clerkships, Judge Pan spent one year as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice. She then served in the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice, and as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Domestic Finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In 1999, Judge Pan joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Pan prosecuted homicides and other violent crimes in the Superior Court, as well as organized-crime and narcotics-trafficking cases in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. From 2007 to 2009, Judge Pan served as Deputy Chief of the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where she supervised criminal appeals in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.