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									                                   April 9, 2009
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                                   Senator John F. Kerry, Chairman
Jeffrey Chin                       Senator Richard G. Lugar, Ranking Minority Member
Chairperson
                                   U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Gary S. Moriwaki, Esq.
Vice Chairperson                   Dirksen Senate Office Building
George H. Wang, Esq.               Washington, D.C. 20510-6225
Treasurer
Ekta Singh                         Re: President’s Nominee for Legal Adviser to the State Department
Secretary
Mir M. Alam
Muzaffar Chishti, Esq.             Dear Senator Kerry and Senator Lugar:
Richard C. Hsia, Esq.
Paul D.C. Huang
Yung Duk Kim, Ph.D.                On behalf of the Asian American Federation, I write to express our applause for
Peter D. Lederer, Esq.
Setsuko Matsunaga Nishi, Ph.D.
                                   President Obama’s nomination of Yale law school dean Harold Hongju Koh as the
Dong Suk Suh                       Legal Adviser to the State Department. A foremost expert on international law, civil
Dennis Swanson
Grace Lyu Volckhausen              liberties, and national security, Dean Koh is eminently qualified for the position.
Sunil Wadhwa
Usha Wright
Felicia Yieh                       The Asian American Federation is a non-profit organization that advances the civic
Theresa Yoon                       voice and well-being of Asian Americans. We are deeply troubled by the recent attacks
                                   by some commentators that unfairly misrepresent Dean Koh’s statements and academic
HONORARY BOARD
                                   record. The smear of Dean Koh is deplorable and unacceptable. We are concerned that
Senator Daniel K. Inouye
Chairperson
                                   all candidates for public service be judged, not by distortions, but on the merits of their
                                   qualifications.
Loida Nicolas Lewis
Francis Y. Sogi, Esq.
Oscar L. Tang
Procopio U. Yanong, M.D.
                                   Dean Koh has ably served the nation in the federal government under both Presidents
                                   Reagan and Clinton. His stellar record in public service as well as his highly respected
                                   legal scholarship are beyond question. We urge that Dean Koh be quickly scheduled for
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
                                   a hearing, approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and confirmed by the
Cao K. O                           U.S. Senate.

                                   Thank you for consideration.

                                   Sincerely,
OUR MISSION
The Asian American Federation
works to advance the civic voice
and well-being of Asian
Americans.
We collaboratively foster
philanthropy in the community,     Cao K. O
undertake research to inform       Executive Director
policies, and provide support to
community service organizations.
                                   cc: Members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations



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