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NASABA APPLAUDS THE NOMINATION OF VINCE GIRDHARI CHHABRIA TO THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

July 25, 2013

The North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) applauds President Obama’s nomination of Vince Girdhari Chhabria to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. “This is a proud moment for NASABA as another deserving South Asian has been nominated to the judiciary,” pronounced Nadeem Bezar, President of NASABA.

Vince Girdhari Chhabria currently serves as a Deputy City Attorney for Government Litigation and as the Co-Chief of Appellate Litigation at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where he has worked since 2005. Chhabria began his legal career by clerking for Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California from 1998 to 1999. Chhabria also worked as an associate at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP from 2002 to 2004. From 2001 to 2002, he clerked for Justice Stephen G. Breyer on the United States Supreme Court. In 2001, Chhabria worked at the law firm of Keker & Van Nest, LLP, after completing a one-year clerkship for Judge James R. Browning of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Once confirmed, Chhabria would be the first South Asian Article III judge in California, and the fourth South Asian Article III judge in the nation following Hon. Amul Thapar at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Hon. Cathy Bissoon at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and Hon. Sri Srinivasan at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Chhabria is a member of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) and NASABA. He was also a speaker at the 2011 NASABA Convention in Los Angeles. Chhabria received his J.D. in 1998 from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. in 1991 from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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