Indian American judge Amul Thapar short-listed by Trump for Supreme Court

Thapar is a judge in Kentucky.


Amul Thapar, an Indian American, has been shortlisted by president-elect Donald Trump as a nominee for the Supreme Court.

Thapar’s name figured in the second list of individuals considered for nomination of a Supreme Court judge, published on September 23, reported PTI.

As the new president can nominate three Supreme Court Judges, Thapar is the first South Asian Article III judge. He was nominated by former president George W Bush.

“He has taught law students at the University of Cincinnati and Georgetown. Thapar has served as an Assistant US Attorney in Washington and the Southern District of Ohio,” the Trump Campaign said.

Thapar is currently serving as US District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Before assuming charge, he served as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Ohio and in the District of Columbia.

“This list is definitive and I will choose Justices of the United States Supreme Court only from it,” Trump had said in September while releasing the list.

“I would like to thank the Federalist Society, the Heritage Foundation and many other individuals who helped in composing this list of twenty-one highly respected people who are the kind of scholars that we need to preserve the very core of our country and make it greater than ever before,” he said.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 29, 1969, Thapar received a B.S. from Boston College in 1991 and a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley in 1994.

While a U.S. attorney, Thapar was appointed to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and chaired the Controlled Substances and Asset Forfeiture Subcommittee. He also served on the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee, the Violent Crime Subcommittee and the Child Exploitation working group.

Thapar has also worked for the law firms of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and Squire Sanders & Dempsey in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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