US President Donald Trump has nominated Indian-American lawyer Shireen Mathews to be a judge for the district court of the Southern District of California, the White House announced on Wednesday.
Mathews' appointment is yet to be approved by the Senate. South Asia Bar Association (SABA) President Aneesh called the nomination "a historic nomination" and urged "the Senate to quickly confirm her", adding another deserving South Asian voice to the judiciary.
A partner with the elite law firm Jones Day, she is the sixth Indian-American nominated to the federal judiciary at various levels by Trump. Mathews specialises in white-collar crimes and has been an assistant federal prosecutor in California serving as the coordinator for criminal healthcare fraud cases.
According to Jones Day, while she was a prosecutor, Mathews uncovered a multi-million dollar fraud in stolen medical equipment and also won one of the highest restitution awards for the Social Security (general public pension) trust fund.
Neomi Rao is the most prominent judicial nominee of Trump, who named her to the federal appeals court in Washington to succeed Brett Kavanaugh, who was elevated to the Supreme Court.
Based in the nation's capital, that appeals court is considered the most important one after the Supreme Court and a nominee of former President Barack Obama Sri Srinivasan also serves on it.
Amul Thapar was nominated by Trump to an appeals court in Ohio that has jurisdiction over four states.
Rao and Thapar, along with federal court nominee J. Nicholas Ranjan received Senate confirmation.
Two other nominees for federal judgeships, Diane Gujarati and Anuraag Singhal are awaiting Senate action.
(With agency inputs.)