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Indian-American Amul Thapar appointed as Judge in US Court of Appeals

Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Thapar served on the District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Jun 3, 2017 10:08 IST
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Indian-American Amul Thapar was on 2 June 2017 appointed as a Judge in the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. His appointment was approved by US President Donald Trump.

Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Thapar served on the District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Thapar was chosen by the US Senate with 52-44 votes on party lines.

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About Amul Thapar
• Thapar, son of Indian-American immigrants, was the Nation's first Article III judge of South Asian descent.
• In addition to his career on Federal bench, Thapar has served as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio and the District of Columbia.
• He began his legal career in private practice, after clerkships with Judge S Arthur Spiegel of the District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and Judge Nathaniel R Jones of the US Court of Appeals.
• Thapar is also a member of The South Asian Bar Association of North America's (SABA) National Advisory Council. SABA awarded him it's Pioneer Award in 2010.
• He has also taught at the University of Virginia School of Law, Vanderbilt Law Schoo, and the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law.
• Thapar received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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