Diane Gujarati to serve as NY District Judge

Diane Gujarati
Diane Gujarati; photo credit NYU Law

Indian American becomes first South Asian Article III Judge in New York.

Indian American Diane Gujarati, has been confirmed as the first South Asian Article III Judge in New York and will serve as a US District Judge in the Eastern District of New York.

Announcing her elevation, The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) noted South Asians are significantly under-represented in the Federal judiciary, including in New York.

The White House sent the nomination for Senate confirmation in May 2019. U.S. Senate voted to confirm her on September 10 by 99-0.

Daughter of an immigrant father from India, Gujarati, a former AABANY Board Director, was born in New York City and, apart from law school, has lived in New York State her entire life.

After receiving her BA in Economics from Barnard College of Columbia University, she received her JD in 1995 from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of both the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal on Regulation.

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She began her legal career by serving as a law clerk to John M. Walker, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Gujarati then entered private practice, spending approximately three years at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where she was an associate in the Litigation Department and worked on two trials before an Administrative Law Judge at the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

In 1999, Gujarati left Davis Polk to start a career dedicated to public service.

That year, she became an Assistant US Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York, US Attorney’s Office, where she tried thirteen cases that went to verdict in a broad range of areas.

She then became a Deputy Chief of the Appeals Unit in the Criminal Division in 2006. In December 2008, she became the Deputy Chief of the White Plains Division and then became Chief of that division in April 2010.

Additionally, she has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law.

In 2012, Judge Gujarati became the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, where she served until her confirmation.

Throughout her tenure at the US  Attorney’s Office, she received several awards and recognitions and has worked on a range of criminal prosecutions and appellate matters including economic, violent, narcotics, trafficking, and exploitation crimes.

“AABANY congratulates Judge Gujarati on her confirmation to serve as a United States District Judge in the Eastern District of New York,” stated AABANY President Sapna Palla.

“As the first South Asian Article III federal judge in New York, Judge Gujarati is a true trailblazer and role model in our community.”

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