Judge Indira Talwani becomes 1st Asian American federal circuit judge in MA

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H/T Nancy Leong (@nancyleong)

Breaking news out of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)!

Judge Indira Talwani has just been confirmed to the US District Court for Massachusetts in a unanimous vote, making her the first Asian American federal judge for the state of Massachusetts, the first Asian American to serve as an Article III judge in the First Circuit, and the second South Asian American female Article III judge in US history!

NAPABA issued a statement, saying this:

“Indira Talwani’s confirmation is cause for further celebration as we observe Asian Pacific American Heritage Month,” said William J. Simonitsch, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). “With her confirmation, Judge Talwani makes history as ‘the first’ of many titles and we congratulate Judge Talwani on her accomplishments.”

NAPABA further notes that with Talwani’s confirmation today, there are now 25 federal judges in the United States of Asian descent.

Paul Lo, America’s First Hmong American Judge, Will Be Sworn In Friday

Paul Lo will be the nation's first Hmong American judge. (Photo credit: UCLA Daily Bruin)
Paul Lo will be the nation’s first Hmong American judge. (Photo credit: UCLA Daily Bruin)

Earlier this year, California Governor Jerry Brown made history when he appointed UCLA Law alumnus Paul Lo to the Merced County Superior Court Bench. Lo, who will be sworn in this Friday, will be the nation’s first Hmong American judge.

Said Karin Wang of Asian Americans Advancing Justice back in Januaryto the UCLA Daily Bruin:

“It is both historic and inspirational to have the nation’s first Hmong American judge in California’s Central Valley, which is home to one of the nation’s largest Hmong populations,” Wang said.

Merced currently has the fifth highest Hmong American population in the United States, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

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