San Francisco County gets its first ever Indian American judge

Presiding Judge Garrett L. Wong swearing in Vedica Puri on January 4, 2019. Ima
Presiding Judge Garrett L. Wong swearing in Vedica Puri on January 4, 2019. Image via Twitter

Vedica Puri, a San Francisco attorney, sworn in as a superior court judge.

It indeed is the year of the woman, it seems. After a stupendous series of firsts that women created in the US House of Representatives, earlier this month, here’s another news coming in from the West Coast to make hearts swell.

San Francisco attorney Vedica Puri was sworn in as as a superior court judge for the San Francisco County in California on January 4

The court’s presiding Judge Garrett L. Wong swore in Puri, the first Indian American to hold the position.

She was one of the 12 appointments made by the outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown for superior courts, all of them are Democrats, last year.

Puri succeeds Judge Tracie L. Brown, who has been elevated to the Court of Appeal.

Puri, a graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law, has been a partner at Pillsbury & Coleman LLP since 2005. She has also worked as a trial lawyer at Drinker, Biddle & Reath, Sedgwick LLP and Alborg, Veiluva & Cannata.

During her successful career as a lawyer, Puri has counseled many companies and some of her recent achievements include serving as an appointed Judge Pro Team at San Francisco Superior Court.

Puri, 47, in her new role adds another feather in the illustrious career graph Indian Americans and particularly women have been creating in the recent past.


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Indian American K.P. George creates history, takes oath as Fort Bend County judge in Texas (January 2, 2019)

Indian American Sanket Bulsara appointed as New York magistrate judge (September 8, 2017)

Rupen R Shah becomes first Indian American judge in Virginia (January 19, 2017)

Indian American judge Amul Thapar short-listed by Trump for Supreme Court (November 14, 2016)

Vince Chhabria confirmed to be the first Indian American federal judge in California (March 6, 2014)

Obama nominates Indian American as judge in Illinois (September 20, 2013)

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