For Immediate Release, March 20, 2017
The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) applauds the nomination of Judge Amul Thapar to the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Thapar became the first South Asian Article III judge when he was appointed as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky by President George W. Bush.
The 2010 winner of SABA’s Pioneer Award continues to traverse frontiers with this nomination to the appellate court.
“Judge Thapar is a respected and thoughtful jurist who has long served as role model for the South Asian and greater legal community,” said Vichal Kumar, President of SABA. “Despite being among the youngest judges in the federal judiciary, Judge Thapar quickly established a reputation as a top legal scholar among his peers. His nomination furthers SABA’s mission of ensuring a judiciary that reflects the diversity of our country and we anticipate that his eminent qualifications will earn him a swift confirmation.”
Prior to joining the bench, Judge Thapar served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky from 2006-2007. There, too, he was one of the first U.S. Attorneys of South Asian descent. During that period, Judge Thapar was appointed to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (“AGAC”) and chaired the AGAC’s Controlled Substances and Asset Forfeiture subcommittee. He also served on the Terrorism and National Security subcommittee, the Violent Crime subcommittee, and Child Exploitation working group.
Judge Thapar has also worked for the law firms of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cincinnati, Ohio, and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in both the Southern District of Ohio and the District of Columbia. Between 1994 and 1997, Judge Thapar served as a law clerk to the Honorable S. Arthur Spiegel, who sits on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones, who sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Judge Thapar is a member of SABA’s National Advisory Council, and has served as a keynote for the Annual Convention and for many of our chapters. He has also taught at the University of Virginia School of Law, Vanderbilt Law School, and the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law. Judge Thapar received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.