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Neomi Rao Nominated to D.C. Circuit of Appeals

Wednesday, November 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Anjula Singh
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For Immediate Release, November 14, 2018


The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) congratulates Neomi Rao on her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. President Trump announced her formal nomination today and, if confirmed, she will be the first South Asian woman on the federal appellate bench. 


“We congratulate Ms. Rao on her historic nomination,” said SABA President Sundeep Sandhu. She is a highly regarded academic and we have been pleased to work with her over the years at SABA.”


Rao is the current Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a position she has held since April 2017. Prior to joining this administration, Rao was a tenured professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University and the founder of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State. She is widely regarded as an expert in administrative law. She previously served in President George W. Bush’s Office of the White House Counsel and as a staffer for the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Rao clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is a graduate of Yale University, with highest distinction, and the University of Chicago Law School, Order of the Coif.