Arun Subramanian, an Indian-American lawyer, has received U.S. President Joe Biden’s nomination to serve as a District Judge for the Southern District of New York. The White House delivered a message about it on Tuesday, September 6 along with other judicial nominations. Mr Subramanian would be the first South Asian judge to be a part of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Subramanian, who was a partner at Susman Godfrey LLP in New York since 2007, previously worked as a law clerk for Judge Gerard E. Lynch on the Southern District of New York’s United States District Court from 2005 to 2006 and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court of the United States from 2006 to 2007. In addition, from 2004 – 2005, he served as Judge Dennis Jacobs’ legal assistant on the Second Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals. Subramanian earned his B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in 2001 and then perused law from J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2004.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association praised Subramanian’s nomination. Subramanian is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer with a proven track record of pro bono service, according to AB Cruz III, acting president of NAPABA. He was raised by immigrants and became the first member of his family to practice law. We are happy to have him represent our neighbourhood. He remarked, “We implore the Senate to immediately confirm him.” Indian-American Impact has applauded the nomination and called it noteworthy.
“South Asians and Asian Americans have historically been underrepresented in the federal judiciary, with less than 5% of Article III district judges being of AAPI heritage,” stated Neil Makhija, executive director of Indian-American Impact. According to Mr. Makhija, “We look forward to celebrating Subramanian’s final confirmation and the ripple effect his presence will likely have on young South Asian Americans around the country who aspire to public service.”