Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Vince Chhabria to be first Indian-American judge in California

Vince Chhabria (courtesy of Asian American Bar Association).
  • Indian-American attorney Vince Chhabria, who has represented San Francisco in defence of its health insurance law, adoption rights of same-sex couples and other major cases, has won Senate confirmation for a federal judgeship. 
  • Chhabria, 44, who presently serves as the deputy attorney of San Francisco City, will become California's first federal judge of South Asian descent and one of only a few South Asian federal judges across the US. 
  • The Senate vote on Wednesday was 58-41, with four Republicans joining Democrats in approving President Barack Obama's nomination of Chhabria. 
  • Born to Indian parents, who are Mumbai natives.
  • He began his legal career by clerking for Judge Charles R. Breyer of the US district court for the Northern District of California from 1998 to 1999. 
  • The South Asian Bar Association of North America and the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California have applauded Chhabria's historic confirmation to the US district court. 
  • The lone Indian-American member of the US House of Representatives, Ami Bera,the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus chair, Judy Chu, and CAPAC chair emeritus, Mike Honda, also applauded Chhabria's confirmation. 

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