The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA North America) applauds President Obama's nomination of Abid Qureshi to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. If confirmed, the Pakistani-born American attorney would be the first Muslim person to serve as a judge at the federal level.
"We commend the Obama Administration's dedication to ensuring that our Judiciary reflects our nation's diversity. Mr. Qureshi's deep commitment to the rule of law makes him an impeccable addition to our judiciary. We urge the Senate to consider Mr. Qureshi's candidacy without delay," said Vichal Kumar, president of SABA North America.
Mr. Qureshi is a partner at Latham & Watkins in their Litigation and Trial Department as well as the Global Chair of the Pro Bono committee at the firm. His practice focuses on fraud cases, federal securities law and healthcare fraud and abuse taking him to both state and federal courts at varying levels as well as before international tribunals. In his pro bono work he has represented prisoners, foreign-educated physical therapists and the National Organization of Concerned Black Men. Mr. Qureshi also sits on the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee.
Mr. Qureshi received the "Champions of Justice Award" in 2012 from the National Law Journal's Legal Times for his public service, pro bono work and advocacy for civil liberties. Additionally, he was named a D.C.
Super Lawyer in 2014. He received his J.D. in 1997 from Harvard Law School and his B.A. in 1993 from Cornell University.
This nomination, while a milestone in itself, presents the Senate with an opportunity to affirm the confidence in the judiciary as impartial, regardless of race or religion.