Biden nominates Indian American as federal judge for Connecticut


An Indian-American civil rights attorney has been nominated as a federal judge in Connecticut by US President Joe Biden.

Civil rights attorney Sarala Vidya Nagala brings 13-year-long experience to the table. The appointment, if comes through, will make her the first judge of South Asian descent to serve on the federal bench in the state, according to media reports.

Besides her, Biden has also announced the names of four more judicial nominees on June 15.

The new nomination of Nagala and others, according to the White House, is a continuation to fulfill President Biden’s “promise to ensure that the nation’s courts reflect the diversity that is one of the greatest assets as a country — both in terms of personal and professional backgrounds,” a statement said.

Nagala is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Unit in the US Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut, a role she has held since 2017.

A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Nagala joined the US Attorney’s Office in 2012 and has been working extensively in a number of leadership roles in the office, including as Hate Crimes Coordinator, the White House announcement revealed. She had previously served as an associate at Munger, Tolles, & Olson in San Francisco, California between 2009 to 2012.

Nagala began her legal career as a law clerk for Judge Susan Graber on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2008 to 2009. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law in 2008 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 2005. The nomination of Nagala came along with four other new candidates for the federal bench and two for District of Columbia courts.

All of them are “extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and US Constitution,” the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.