Jay Gandhi, California' First U.S. Indian Judge

Date:   Thursday , December 09, 2010

Vijay ‘Jay’ C. Gandhi became the first Indian American federal judge in the Central District of California, the largest federal district court in the U.S. by population, when he took oath of office in a ceremonial courtroom in the U.S. federal courthouse. Gandhi is the second Indian American federal judge in U.S. history and the first in California.

Gandhi will have jurisdiction over a district covering seven counties including Los Angeles and Orange, with an estimated 19 million residents. Gandhi was selected to the post on merit and will be serving an eight-year term at the end of which he will be subject to reappointment to his post. Gandhi previously worked 12 years as an attorney at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP where he was a partner and Vice-Chairman of the firm’s Orange County office. A graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, Gandhi had also clerked for U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt in the Southern District of Texas, before joining Paul Hastings.

The oath of office was administered in front of nearly 200 people by Judge Audrey B. Collins, the chief judge of the district. Shortly after taking his oath, Gandhi was officially enrobed by his mother, Uma Gandhi. Several speakers shared thoughts on Gandhi’s integrity and character moments after the ceremony. George King, a federal judge in the Central District, spoke of Gandhi’s public service record and commitment to the community and Former Paul Hastings partner and current judge Peter Stone offered his views on Gandhi’s work at the firm as well as the cases they had worked on together.