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Biden nominates Indian Am Sarala Vidya Nagala for federal judge

President Joe Biden Tuesday nominated Sarala Nagala for the federal court in the District of Connecticut.

If confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Nagala would be the first judge of South Asian descent to serve on the District Court for the District of Connecticut.

According to the White House, Nagala received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. She began her law career as a law clerk for Judge Susan Graber on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She then worked as an associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson for several years. She joined the US Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut in 2012, where she held leadership roles such as Hate Crimes Coordinator. In 2017, she began working as the Deputy Chief of the major crimes unit in the US Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut.

“NAPABA applauds the Biden Administration for continuing to advance highly experienced and qualified candidates to serve on federal judiciary,” said A.B. Cruz III, president of NAPABA to India West. “Ms. Nagala has a demonstrated commitment to public service and protecting the rights and safety of her community.” 

Nagala joins others nominated by President Biden on Tuesday, including Myrna Pérez, Sarah Merriam, Omar Williams, Jia Cobb, Tovah Calderon, and Kenia Lopez to be considered for appointment to Federal Circuit Courts and D.C. Courts. These nominations are consistent with Biden’s attempt to increase diversity in the nation’s courts.

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