US President Donald Trump has appointed Indian-American Amul Thapar as judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the White House has revealed. Earlier, he served at the District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. The 48-year old was cleared last week by the Senate in a vote on party lines. He thereby becomes the nation’s first Article III judge of South Asian descent.
Thapar also served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio and the District of Columbia and the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. The US president has nominated 10 judges for lower courts, including Thapar, who is Trump’s first judicial nominee to be confirmed by the Senate, apart from Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court.
The Indian American was included in the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC) between 2006-2007. He chaired the committee’s Controlled Substances and Asset Forfeiture subcommittee. Thapar was also part of the Terrorism and National Security subcommittee, the Violent Crime subcommittee, and Child Exploitation working group.
He was born to Indian-origin parents on April 29, 1969 in the US city of Detroit. Thapar received Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College in 1991. Three years later, he received a Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley School of Law in 1994, Wikipedia said.
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Between 1994-1997, Thapar was a law clerk to S Arthur Spiegel of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He also served in the same position to Nathaniel R. Jones of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit between 1996- 997.
Thapar was an attorney in the law firm of Williams & Connolly from 1997 till 1999 in Washington, DC . From 1999 to 2000. Thapar was a trial advocacy instructor in the Georgetown University Law Center.