Indian-American Appointed To US Court Of Appeals For The Sixth Circuit
Washington: US President Donald Trump appointed another Indian-American to a prestigious position. The White House said that Amul Thapar, an Indian-American legal luminary was appointed a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Before his latest appointment, Judge Thapar, 48, served on the District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
His appointment was confirmed last week by the Senate 52-44 in a vote on party lines.
The son of Indian- American immigrants, Thapar was the nation’s first Article III Judge of South Asian descent.
Before his career on Federal Bench, Thapar has served as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and as an Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and the District of Columbia.
President Trump nominated 10 judges to lower courts, including Thapar, who is Trump’s first judicial nominee to be confirmed by the Senate, apart from Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Thapar began his legal career in private practice, after clerkships with two district judges.
He received his BS from Boston College in 1991 and JD from the University of California, Berkeley. Thapar is also the member of the South Asian Bar Association of North America’s (SABA) National Advisory Council. SABA awarded him its Pioneer Award in 2010.
Besides this, Thapar also taught at the University of Virginia School of Law, Vanderbilt Law School and Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law.