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Warner to speak on Western District Judge nominee, UVA alum Jasmine Yoon

Rebecca Barnabi
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At approximately 11:25 a.m. this morning, Sen. Mark R. Warner of Virginia will speak on the Senate floor ahead of the confirmation of Jasmine Yoon to become a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia (WDVA).

Last night, the Senate passed a procedural vote on her nomination, paving the way for a confirmation vote later today. If confirmed, Yoon will be the first Asian-American federal judge to ever serve in Virginia.

Warner and Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia recommended Yoon for the seat in November 2023, and she would become the seventh federal judge recommended by the senators to be confirmed under the Biden administration.

Yoon is the Vice President for Corporate Integrity, Ethics, and Investigations at Capital One Financial Corporation. She previously served as Interim University Counsel and Associate University Counsel at UVA, her alma mater. She also worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, where she investigated and prosecuted more than 80 financial crimes and public corruption cases.

Yoon immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea when she was 14 years old. Knowing no English, she learned to speak the language by reading the dictionary and watching American television.

Virginia federal court nominee learned English after coming to America at age 14 – Augusta Free Press


Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.