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Policy Update: US Senate Confirms The First South Asian Federal Judge – Amul R. Thapur


U.S. SENATE CONFIRMS THE FIRST SOUTH ASIAN FEDERAL JUDGE
SABAs Hail the Confirmation of Amul R. Thapar


Los Angeles, San Francisco & San Diego CA, Dec. 17, 2007 – The South Asian Bar Associations throughout California applaud the confirmation of the first South Asian federal judge: federal prosecutor Amul Thapar. Having being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 13th, Thapar will join the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

It's a historic day for our community. We are all thrilled that Amul Thapar is the first South Asian federal judge!” said Shirish Gupta, SABA Northern California President. “Amul has been a very good friend to SABA-SC and a role model to South Asian and Asian American lawyers throughout the country – in fact, he was a Keynote Speaker at both the 2007 NASABA and NAPABA Annual Conventions.”

Thapar has led a distinguished career in law and public service. Prior to his confirmation, Thapar served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Previously, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio and the District of Columbia. Thapar has also worked for the prestigious law firms of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“We thank President Bush and the U.S. Senate for nominating and confirming Judge Thapar. We look forward to having more South Asian attorneys join the state and federal bench,” said Gautam Dutta, Public Policy Chair of SABA-Southern California. “This is a proud day for South Asian attorneys and citizens alike. We applaud the U.S. Senate’s decision to appoint Judge Thapar,” echoed Nita Mehta, SABA-San Diego President.

For the past few months, the SABA California chapters and NASABA have been working to help secure Mr. Thapar’s confirmation via a letter writing campaign to urge their Senators to vote to confirm Mr. Thapar.

Mr. Thapar received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his law degree from the University of California. He has also taught at Georgetown University Law Center and University of Cincinnati College of Law.

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