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NASABA APPLAUDS THE NOMINATION OF MANISH S. SHAH TO THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS

September 20, 2013

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

Manish Shah currently serves as the Chief of the Criminal Division at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, where he has worked since 2001. His decision to spend almost his entire career in the U.S. Attorney’s office demonstrates a dedication to public service. Additionally, he has given back to new attorneys by teaching at the National Advocacy Center and instructing at a legal aid workshop at the University of Chicago.

Shah will be the second current South Asian nominee by President Obama, after Vince Chhabria for the Northern District of California, awaiting confirmation. Once confirmed, Shah would be the first South Asian Article III judge in Illinois.

Shah received his J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1998, and he received his B.A. with honors, and with distinction, from Stanford University in 1994. Shah began his legal career as a Litigation Associate at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe in San Francisco, CA where he represented clients in commercial and antitrust litigation. Shah then left the San Francisco law firm to clerk for Hon. James B. Zagel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

NASABA is a voluntary bar organization and serves an umbrella organization to 25 chapters in the United States and Canada. NASABA is a recognized forum for professional growth and advancement for South Asian attorneys in North America and seeks to protect the rights and liberties of the South Asian community across the continent. Learn more at http://www.nasaba.com

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