Biden nominates Indian-American civil rights lawyer as federal choose in Connecticut

US President Joe Biden has appointed an Indian-American civil rights attorney as a federal judge in the state of Connecticut.

If confirmed by the Senate, Attorney General Sarala Vidya Nagala would become the first female judge of South Asian descent on the District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Nagala is currently the assistant chief of the Serious Crimes Division of the U.S. District of Connecticut District Attorney’s Office, a role she has held since 2017.

She joined the US Attorney’s Office in 2012 and has held a number of senior positions including coordinator for Hate Crimes. Nagala was previously an associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, California from 2009 to 2012.

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Nagala began her legal career from 2008 to 2009 as a trainee lawyer for Judge Susan Graber at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District. She received her doctorate in law from the University of California from the Berkeley School of Law in 2008 and her Bachelor of Art degree from Stanford University in 2005. Nagala’s nomination came along with four other new candidates for the Federal Bank and two for the courts of the District of Columbia.

They are all “extremely qualified, experienced and committed to the rule of law and the US Constitution,” said the White House on Tuesday.

The nomination of Nagala and others continues to fulfill “President Biden’s promise to ensure that the country’s courts reflect the diversity that is one of the greatest assets of a country – both personal and professional,” it said .

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