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Indian-American Vince Chhabria appointed as a full-time federal judge by Obama

Aug 25, 2015 11:11 IST

Indian-American Vince Chhabria was on 24 August 2015 was appointed as the full-time federal judge of California court by President Barack Obama. The 46-year-old Chhabria is the Bay Area's first Indian-American federal judge.

Along with Chhabria, Obama also elevated 10 other people as the full-time judge in the third largest US state California. All 11 Obama appointees sailed through Senate confirmation hearings, which helped in filling the 11 of 14 vacancies in the court for the northern district of California.

Chhabria was confirmed in 2014 to a seat in San Francisco. He once clerked for US Supreme Court Judge Stephen Breyer, as well as his brother, San Francisco federal judge Charles Breyer. He has issued significant decisions allowing cases, including that of labour laws, against transport companies Uber and Lyft's models to proceed.

Earlier, Obama had nominated Chhabria, then 43, to serve as a federal judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

Vince Chhabria
• He was born in San Francisco after his father came to the US from Mumbai on a college scholarship.
• He graduated with honours from University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
• Prior to public service, he worked in the private sector, first as an associate at Keker & Van Nest and later at Covington & Burling.

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