WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 24, 2013) — Asian American legal organizations are applauding President Barack Obama in his nomination of Indira Talwani for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; and Theodore David Chuang for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
“These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system,” said Obama. “I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity.”
Talwani is a partner at Segal Roitman LLP in Boston, where she focuses her practice on civil litigation at the state and federal trial court and appellate levels. Prior to joining Segal Roitman LLP in 1999, Talwani was a partner at the San Francisco law firm now known as Altshuler Berzon LLP from 1996 to 1999 and an associate at that firm from 1989 to 1995.
Talwani began her legal career as a law clerk for Judge Stanley A. Weigel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California from 1988 to 1989. She received her J.D. in 1988 from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. cum laude in 1982 from Harvard College.
If confirmed, Talwani will be the first person of Asian descent to serve as an Article III judge in the First Circuit and only the second female Article III judge of South Asian descent nationwide.
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair and U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), commended the nomination.
“Ms. Talwani’s talent, intellect, and temperament will allow her to serve honorably on the federal bench,” CHu said. “President Obama’s nomination of Ms. Talwani continues a promising trend of qualified and diverse candidates to our federal judiciary. I urge my Senate colleagues to move swiftly on Ms. Talwani’s confirmation.”
Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Chair Emeritus: “I am proud to see another member of the AAPI community join the judicial ranks of this prestigious bench as she joins Sabita Singh, the first judge of South Asian descent in the history of the Commonwealth. I have no doubt that Ms. Talwani will serve her country and community well and be a shining example for many in the legal profession.”
Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07): “She will be an outstanding judge; her education and experience with civil litigation and clerking at a district court make her extremely well-equipped to serve, and I hope to see a speedy confirmation by the U.S. Senate.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02): “Her unique perspective and diverse legal experience – from labor law and civil rights to unfair business practices and the First Amendment – will serve her well on the bench. I strongly urge the Senate to quickly confirm this highly qualified nominee.”
Theodore David Chuang currently serves as Deputy General Counsel of the United States Department of Homeland Security, where he has worked since 2009. He was previously Chief Investigative Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce in 2009 and Deputy Chief Investigative Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2007 to 2009.
Chuang spent three years in private practice at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP from 2004 to 2007. From 1998 to 2004, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Massachusetts, and from 1995 to 1998, Chuang served as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Chuang began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1994 to 1995. He received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1994 from Harvard Law School and his B.A. summa cum laude in 1991 from Harvard University.
CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu saiud it is a well-deserved nomination.
“If confirmed, he will be the first person of Asian descent to serve on this court,” Chu said. “I know that Mr. Chuang’s strong legal background and work with the AAPI community will provide a unique perspective on the federal bench, and I have no doubt that he will continue to serve his country and community well. I thank the President for his continued commitment to diversifying the federal judiciary, and urge the Senate to move quickly on Mr. Chuang’s confirmation.”
Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Chair Emeritus: I commend him on his work as a Chief Investigative Counsel, as an Assistant United States Attorney, and for working towards achieving access to opportunities for all. I am proud to support Mr. Chuang as a strong legal advocate not just for the AAPI community, but for all Americans.”