The United States Senate has confirmed the nomination of Indian-American Judge, Amul Thapar to a key judicial position in the powerful US Circuit Court of Appeals.
Thapar, who was nominated by US President Donald Trump for the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, was confirmed by the Senate in a 52-44 vote that took place on the party lines.
Speaking on the occasion, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that Judge Thapar would make an outstanding addition to the US Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit. McConnell further added that the Indian-American has a reputation of a qualified judge with an impressive legal mind and will fairly apply the law to all those who enter his courtroom.
• Thapar has become the second South Asian Judge to the powerful US appeals court, which hears appeals from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan.
• The first Indian American to be appointed as a judge to the US court of appeals was Srnivasan. He was appointed to the DC circuit court of appeals by President Barak Obama in 2013.
• Thapar, currently a US District Court Judge, was nominated by Trump on 21 March 2017.
• He was also among the 20 judges whose names Trump had released during his presidential campaign as shortlisted candidates for his Supreme Court nominees.
About Amul Thapar
• He was born to the Indian immigrants Raj Thapar and Veena Bhalla. He studied law from University of California at Berkeley.
• In 2007, the then US President George W Bush nominated him to be the United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
• The Senate had confirmed his confirmation through a voice note, thus making him the first South Asian American federal judge in the history of the United States.
• Prior to it, Thapar served as the US attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky from 2006-2007where he was one of the first American Attorneys of South Asian descent.
• He has also served on the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee, the Violent Crime subcommittee, and Child Exploitation working group.
• He has also taught at the University of Virginia School of Law, Vanderbilt Law School, and the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law.
• He also received the esteemed South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) award in 2007 for the ground-breaking nature of his career.