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Lawyer could be first Muslim American judge on federal appeals court

President Joe Biden has nominated Pakistani American lawyer Adeel Mangi to the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Reuters reports. If confirmed the New Jersey attorney would be the first Muslim American to serve as a judge on a federal appeals court.

According to a press release from New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (D), Mangi was born in Karachi, Pakistan. He earned his B.A./Law degree, First Class, from the University of Oxford in 1998 and his LL.M from Harvard Law School in 2000. He went on to work at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, where he is now a partner.

At Patterson, Mangi worked as a civil litigator and filed several amicus briefs in the federal appellate courts.

He has used his role as an attorney to advocate for the Muslim American community. In 2016, he filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a local group Muslim American group in New Jersey, NBC News reports. They claimed that anti-Muslim sentiment influenced a planning board’s decision to deny a proposal to build a mosque in the state.

“Having come to know Adeel Mangi over the years as a fixture in the New Jersey legal community, I have seen firsthand that he is a person of integrity and deep conviction with an unflinching commitment to fairness and equality,” said Senator Booker in a statement. “He represents the best of New Jersey: Mangi is a preeminent lawyer who has secured landmark legal victories, and I have the utmost faith in his ability to serve the people of New Jersey and our country fairly and impartially on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. I thank President Biden for this historic nomination, and I look forward to introducing Adeel Mangi to my colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee for his hearing.”

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