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Judge Florence Y. Pan was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on September 28, 2022. Prior to joining the Court of Appeals, Judge Pan served as a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia from September 2021 until her appointment to the D.C. Circuit. 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 District of Columbia Superior Court, as well as organized-crime and narcotics-trafficking cases in the United States District Court. She also argued numerous cases before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 2007 to 2009, Judge Pan served as Deputy Chief of the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

From 2009 to 2021, Judge Pan was an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Superior Court, where she served in the Criminal Division, the Family Court, and the Civil Division.

Judge Pan is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure. In 2018, she received the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award for excellence in teaching.

Clerkship and Internship Information

Judge Pan is accepting clerkship applications for the 2024–25 and 2025–26 terms through the OSCAR platform. She will be conducting two rounds of clerkship interviews — in mid-May 2023 and during the week of June 12, 2023. Pursuant to the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan, students and alumni who entered law school in or before 2020 may apply at any time. Students who entered law school in 2021 may apply on or after June 12, 2023. Premature applications will not be considered. Applicants from diverse or under-represented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please direct questions concerning logistics to panchambers@cadc.uscourts.gov. Applicants who do not have access to OSCAR may email applications to panchambers@cadc.uscourts.gov. Please do not send paper applications.

Judge Pan is accepting summer interns only through the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Education Fund (AEF) and Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA DC) judicial internship programs. See https://www.aefdc.org/judicial-internship-program and https://www.hbadc.org/page/internlistings.