President Joe Biden intends to appoint leading Indian American lawyer Shakuntla L Bhaya as a member of Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) charged with recommending improvements to administrative process and procedure.
The independent federal agency does so by convening expert representatives from the public and private sectors, according to a White House announcement Wednesday naming 13 individuals to serve in key roles.
ACUS initiatives promote efficiency, participation, and fairness in the promulgation of federal regulations and in the administration of federal programs. The ten-member ACUS Council is composed of government officials and private citizens.
Bhaya is a co-owner of a statewide Delaware law firm, Law Offices of Doroshow, Pasquale, Krawitz & Bhaya. Her practice focuses on representing individuals who are seriously injured as a result of businesses and people making unsafe decisions, according to her White House profile.
For the past seven years, Bhaya has been a member of Delaware Governor John Carney’s Judicial Nominating Commission. In addition to practicing law, Bhaya is very involved in Delaware politics.
She is currently a member of the Delaware Democratic Party’s State Executive Committee. Bhaya, past President of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, continues to be involved in protecting consumers’ 7th Amendment Right to a jury trial and access to courts.
Bhaya is also a member of the American Association for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union, and is actively involved in helping pro-choice democratic women become elected to office.
Bhaya was actively involved in fighting for rights for the LGBTQ+ community and helping members of her community to adopt children, seek legal redress when discriminated in the workplace, and permit people to marry.
Bhaya is the first South Asian Indian to be admitted to the Delaware Bar Association. Bhaya continues to work towards diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession and in politics. Bhaya is a graduate from Northeastern University School of Law.