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First Indian American federal judge sworn in in Michigan

Shalina Kumar Thursday officially became the first Indian American and South Asian federal judge in the state of Michigan.

U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood swore her in at the U.S. Courthouse in Detroit one week after her confirmation by the U.S. Senate on December 17, reported the Detroit News.

“Judge Kumar is an accomplished jurist whose appointment breaks barriers as the first Michigander of South Asian descent to serve on the federal bench in our state,” said Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) in a statement to India West.

Her nomination by President Biden has been applauded widely by members of the legal community, including the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

“NAPABA congratulates Judge Kumar on her historic confirmation to the Eastern District of Michigan. She is the first Asian American to serve as an Article III judge on the federal courts in Michigan. Judge Kumar has extensive experience on the bench, serving as Chief Judge of the Oakland County Sixth Circuit Court in Michigan covering both civil and criminal matters. We thank Senators Stabenow and Peters for recommending Judge Kumar.”

Kumar earned an appointment as Chief Judge of the Circuit Court by the Michigan Supreme Court in January of 2018. She graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law.

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