Obama Nominates Indian-American Woman as District Court Judge

Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 04:38 Hrs
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Washington: US President Barack Obama has nominated yet another Indian-American, Indira Talwani, to the key post of US District Court judge in Massachusetts.

Talwani is the third South Asian nominee by Obama, after Vince Chhabria and Manish Shah, both awaiting confirmation. Once confirmed, she would be the first South Asian justice in the First Circuit.

Talwani, currently, is a partner at Segal Roitman LLP in Boston, where she focuses her practise on civil litigation at the state and federal trial court and appellate levels.

"These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system," Obama said.

"I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity," she said in a statement.

Earlier, Obama had nominated Vince Chhabria for the post of US District Judge for the Northern District of California and Manish Shah to that of District Court judge for the Northern District of Illinois, President's home state.

"Indi is a committed attorney with an exceptional record. She is admired by her peers. We are extremely excited that another deserving South Asian has been nominated to the judiciary," president of North American South Asian Bar Association, Nadeem Bezar, said on Talwani's nomination.

Prior to joining Segal Roitman LLP in 1999, Talwani was a partner at the San Francisco law firm now known as Altshuler Berzon LLP from 1996 to 1999 and an associate at that firm from 1989 to 1995.

She began her legal career as a law clerk for Judge Stanley A. Weigel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California from 1988 to 1989.


Source: PTI
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