US President Donald Trump nominates an Indian-American attorney, Saritha Komatireddy to a federal court in New York. She is an American lawyer and Deputy Chief of General Crimes in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Komatireddy, a prosecutor who also teaches law at the prestigious Columbia Law School, has been nominated to the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Originally hailing from the state of Telangana, both of Komatireddy’s parents are doctors. Her mother, Geetha Reddy, is a rheumatologist, while father, Hanumanth Reddy, is a cardiologist. Saritha Komatireddy grew up in Missouri, the daughter of doctors who had immigrated from Telangana in India, making her the first nominee from a Telugu background. As a child, Komatireddy was honored as a Presidential Scholar in 2001. Komatireddy attended Harvard University and Harvard Law School, getting her J.D. Magna Cum Laude in 2009. The Telugu American community, consisting of immigrants from the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states in India, make up half a million in the U.S.
Trump first announced his intent to nominate Komatireddy to serve as a United States district judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Trump has submitted Komatireddy’s nomination to the Senate. She is touted to fill the seat left vacant by Judge Joseph F. Bianco. Bianco was elevated to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on May 17, 2019.
When Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump to the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US, Komatireddy made her support towards Kavanaugh vocal. She had said, “I considered it a special privilege to train under a man who had such fundamental respect for the law and a complete commitment to getting it right.”
She has served in the Office’s National Security and Cybercrime Section, Long Island Division, and General Crimes Section. She has also served as the Acting Deputy Chief of the International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section and as a Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Coordinator. Trump sent her nomination to the US Senate on Monday, the White House said.
Earlier, she clerked under the former judge of the same district Brett Kavanaugh. Previously she was Acting Deputy Chief, International Narcotics and Money Laundering (June, 2018 – January, 2019) and Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Coordinator (2016-2019). Upon graduating from the prestigious Harvard Law School, Komatireddy served as a law clerk to then-Judge Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She also served as counsel to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. On February 12, Trump announced his intent to nominate Komatireddy to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
The statement was made a couple of months before Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct as a teen.
Komatireddy also served as counsel to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the largest marine oil spill in history, caused by an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, 2010. The rig was located in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 41 miles (66km) off the coast of Louisiana.