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AABANY congratulates Diane Gujarati for becoming first South Asian judge in NY

By The SATimes News Service

The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) announced that its former Board Director Diane Gujarati, has been confirmed as the first South Asian Article III Judge in New York.

South Asians are significantly under-represented in the Federal judiciary, including in New York. Judge Gujarati becomes the first Indian American to serve as an Article III federal judge in New York. She will serve as a United States District Judge in the Eastern District of New York.

Judge Gujarati, whose father emigrated from India, was born in New York City and, apart from law school, has lived in New York State her entire life. After receiving her B.A., summa cum laude in Economics from Barnard College of Columbia University, she received her J.D. in 1995 from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of both the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal on Regulation. She began her legal career by serving as a law clerk to the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Gujarati then entered private practice, spending approximately three years at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where she was an associate in the Litigation Department and worked on two trials before an Administrative Law Judge at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

“AABANY congratulates Judge Gujarati on her confirmation to serve as a United States District Judge in the Eastern District of New York,” states AABANY President Sapna Palla. “As the first South Asian Article III federal judge in New York, Judge Gujarati is a true trailblazer and role model in our community. Having served on the AABANY Board with her for many years, I am confident that Judge Gujarati will continue to lead and inspire with her professionalism, intelligence, knowledge and dedication to public service. We are proud to have supported our former Board Director and AABANY leader as she ascended to the judiciary, and we enthusiastically look forward to her continuing to make positive contributions to society and to the legal profession as a United States District Judge in the Eastern District of New York.”

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