Congrats to Susan Soong, who will be the next Clerk of Court for the Northern District, replacing Clerk Richard Wieking! Details here and below:
The Court is pleased to announce that it has selected Susan Y. Soong to be
the next Clerk of Court, replacing retiring Clerk Richard W. Wieking. Her first
day of work will be August 24, 2015.
Ms. Soong currently serves as Chief Deputy Clerk of Operations at the United
States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, a position she has held since
2009. Before that, she worked as a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit for a
15-year span from 1994-2009, about half that time as a supervising staff
attorney responsible for up to 32 attorneys. Her responsibilities in her
current position have included: training over 1000 attorneys and staff on
e-filing and court practice; assisting in court rule-making; long-term
planning; and managing the implementation of the NextGen electronic case
management and e-filing system.
Ms. Soong earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at Stanford
University and earned her law degree at the State University of New York at
Buffalo, where she served on the law review and the moot court board and
graduated magna cum laude.
Ms. Soong has honed her court administration and leadership skills not only
at the Ninth Circuit, but at the national level as well. In 2011-12, she spent
a year at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts in the
Director’s Leadership Program, a program that offers mid- to senior-level staff
from the courts and federal defender organizations the opportunity to come to
the AO for a year-long residency in Washington. DLP residents bring their
hands-on local experience to the AO to work on national level projects. They
return to their districts with an expanded professional network and a greater
understanding of national issues and policies. Ms. Soong also served on the
AO’s Electronic Public Access Working Group from 2013-15 and currently serves
on its NextGen CM/ECF Project Steering Group. Since 2012, Ms. Soong has trained
court employees on the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees through the
Federal Judicial Center.
A resident of Albany, California, Ms. Soong pursues a passion for music
outside of work as a professional-level player of the violin and the viola in
chamber music ensembles in the Bay Area.