Phan Quang Tue, Immigration Judge, San Francisco, CaliforniaViet Horizons - [enter appropriate title]
...Judge Phan Quang Tue, Immigration Court, San Francisco, California.
Today we will get to know an extraordinary Vietnamese American, who grew up in Vietnam, built a distinguished legal career in Saigon, lost it all in 1975, and built it back up in the United States. Judge Phan Quang Tue, or Judge Tue as he wants to be called, was drafted in 1968, after the Tet Offensive, and worked as a judge advocate in the military justice department in Saigon.
The top of his
legal career in Vietnam was the position of chief deputy of staff to the chief justice of the supreme court of the republic of Vietnam from 1971 to 1975. Upon arriving in the East Coast of the U.S. in 1975, he worked as a dishwasher, a laborer, a French language teacher, and a machine operator.
In the next few years, he
worked for a law firm as a messenger, then file clerk, then file supervisor, then legal assistant.In the early 1980's he worked on the staff of the Iowa Refugee Service Center, and by 1984, became the hearing officer (administrative law judge) for the Iowa Department of Employment Services.By the late 1980's he had become an assistant attorney general for the Iowa Department of Justice, then moved to San Francisco as an assistant distric counsel (a trial attorney) for the Immigration and Naturalization Services.Between 1993 and 1995, he served as the administrative law judge for the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
In 1995, he
was appointed to his
current position, as Immigration Judge for the U.S. Immigration Court
in San Francisco, California.
I talked with Judge Tue
recently in San Francisco, California about rebuilding his
legal career after 1975, his
feelings about Vietnam, the Vietnamese community, his
likes and dislikes in the job, etc.