Sen. Schumer recommends Indian American for federal judge in New York’s southern district


President Joe Biden has nominated a high-ranking Indian-American lawyer for a federal judgeship in the Southern District of New York, on the recommendation of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, June 9.

Arun Subramanian’s nomination by Sen. Schumer was welcomed by Indian American Impact, a nonprofit national organization that elevates the voices of Indian Americans and South Asians.

Subramanian presently works as a partner at Susman Godfrey LLP in New York and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

The New York Law Journal has named Subramanian a “Rising Star” in its 2018 list. The publication honors “the region’s most promising lawyers under the age of 40 at the time of submission.” This year’s competition was fierce, with only 28 New York attorneys chosen after a rigorous selection process judged by an outside panel of experts.

Subramanian, one of the firm’s youngest partners in the firm’s successful New York office, has established himself as a skilled and savvy trial lawyer who frequently faces opponents with twice his experience.

Subramanian was previously named to Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hot List” in 2017 and to Chambers U.S.’s “Up & Coming” Lawyers in General Commercial Litigation in 2016 and 2017. Subramanian joined the firm after clerking for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and has been appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Evidence by the Chief Justice of the United States.

This follows the endorsement of Subramanian by Indian American Impact for his exceptional qualifications and trailblazing career as a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer.

“We at Indian American Impact congratulate Arun Subramanian on his noteworthy nomination, as well as President Biden and Majority Leader Schumer on making good on their promises to appoint a more representative judiciary,” Neil Makhija, executive director of Indian American Impact said. South Asians and Asian Americans have long been underrepresented in the federal judiciary, with less than 5% of Article III district judges being of AAPI descent. But we have made historic progress in the last year. We look forward to celebrating  Subramanian’s ultimate confirmation, as well as the impact his presence will undoubtedly have on young South Asian Americans across the country who aspire to public service.”