Biden names Arun Subramanian as New York district court judge

Subramanian will be first South Asian judge on the US District Court for the Southern District of New York

President Joe Biden has nominated Indian American attorney Arun Subramanian to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. If confirmed, he would be the first South Asian American judge on the powerful bench.

A partner at Susman Godfrey LLP, he chairs the firm’s pro bono practice and focuses on consumer protection, antitrust, commercial class actions, and contract and tort litigation.

Read: Roopali H. Desai becomes first South Asian woman judge on 9th circuit (August 8, 2022)

Subramanian’s nomination was announced by the White House Friday with eight other federal judicial nominees “all of whom are extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.”

“These choices also continue to fulfill the President’s promise to ensure that the nation’s courts reflect the diversity that is one of our greatest assets as a country—both in terms of personal and professional backgrounds,” the announcement said .

For example, if confirmed, this slate would include the first South Asian judge to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, it noted.

It would also include the first women of color to serve on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Washington and the first Black women to serve on a US District Court in the state of Washington.

The slate would also include the second Hispanic man to serve on the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the only LGBT Article III judge actively serving on the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

Read: Biden nominates Arun Subramanian as first South Asian judge for Southern District of New York (September 3, 2022)

Subramanian has worked at Susman Godfrey since 2007. He served as a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court from 2006 to 2007, Judge Gerard E. Lynch on the US District Court for the Southern District of New York from 2005 to 2006, and Judge Dennis Jacobs on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 2004 to 2005.

Subramanian received his JD from Columbia Law School in 2004 and his B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in 2001.

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