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NASABA ENCOURAGES DIVERSITY IN SELECTION of FEDERAL JUDGES

October 10, 2011

NASABA, THE NORTH AMERICAN SOUTH ASIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, 

COMMENTS ON JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS AND ENCOURAGES DIVERSITY IN SELECTION of FEDERAL JUDGES

In a recent letter to President Barack Obama on behalf of NASABA, The North American South Asian Bar Association, NASABA President Ms. Jolsna John cites statistical and demographic evidence of a need for greater representation of the South Asian community in the nomination and appointment of Federal Judiciary.

South Asians comprise approximately 10% of the Asian population in California alone and together comprise a community of over 2.7 million people in the United States. Surprisingly, this vast and influential community is represented by a only a single federal judge as is detailed in Ms. John’s letter below, and has no pending nominees for new judicial appointments.

“We support the ongoing efforts of this administration and others at increasing judicial diversity”, said NASABA President Jolsna John, “but as an organization that represents the interests of the South Asian-American population on business and legal issues we feel the need to reach and offer help and guidance when appropriate. We have a number of outstanding legal professionals in the general legal community in the United States, many of who are members of NASABA, and will make all efforts to help bring them to the table when appropriate”.

The letter to President Obama is below, as circulated.

  

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

IKE DEVJI, J.D.

V.P. PUBLIC RELATIONS, NASABA

PublicRelations@nasaba.com

 

T (602) 808-5540

F (602) 808-5553

 

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