US President Joe Biden has appointed Indian-American lawyer Arun Subramanian to serve as US District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
A communication in this regard was sent to the Senate by the White House along with other judicial appointments.
If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Subramanian would be the first South Asian judge to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Currently a partner at Susman Godfrey LLP in New York, where he has worked since 2007, Mr. Subramanian clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court from 2006 to 2007 and Justice Gerard E. Lynch on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 2005 to 2006.
He also clerked for Judge Dennis Jacobs on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 2004 to 2005.
Mr. Subramanian received his JD from Columbia Law School in 2004 and his BA from Case Western Reserve University in 2001.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) congratulated Mr. Subramanian on his nomination.
AB Cruz III, Acting President of NAPABA, said Mr. Subramanian is an experienced trial and appellate attorney with a strong track record in pro bono services.
“As a child of immigrants, he became his family’s first lawyer, and we are proud to see him represent our community. We urge the Senate to confirm this quickly,” he said.
Indian-American Impact hailed the nomination describing it as a notable nomination.
“South Asians and Asian Americans have long been underrepresented in the federal court system – less than 5% of Article III district judges being of AAPI ancestry – but over the past year past, we have made historic progress,” said Neil Makhija, Indo-American. Executive Director of Impact.
“We look forward to celebrating Subramanian’s ultimate confirmation and the ripple effect his presence will undoubtedly have on young South Asian Americans across the country who aspire to public office,” said Mr. Makhija.
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