NAPABA Press Release
National Asian Pacific American
1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006
July 31, 2014
NAPABA APPLAUDS NOMINATION OF AMIT MEHTA
TO THE US DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
WASHINGTON - Today, President Obama nominated
Amit Mehta to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. If confirmed, Mehta will be the
first Asian Pacific American to serve as a federal district court judge in the District of Columbia.
“Amit Mehta has had a distinguished legal career and
will serve admirably on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,” said William J.
Simonitsch, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). “I urge the
Senate to ensure a speedy confirmation for Mr. Mehta.”
Mehta is currently a partner at the Washington, D.C.
office of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP. He is an experienced trial, litigation, and investigations attorney
focusing primarily on white-collar criminal defense, complex business disputes, and appellate
advocacy. Before joining Zuckerman Spaeder, Mehta was a staff attorney for the Public Defender
Service for the District of Columbia. Early in his legal career, Mehta was an associate at Latham &
Watkins and clerked for the Honorable Susan Graber of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth
Circuit in Portland, Oregon. Mehta served as Director for Facilitating Youth in Leadership and
currently serves as Vice-Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. The National Law Journal,
Benchmark Litigation, and Superlawyers have all recognized Mehta for his legal excellence. Mehta
graduated from Georgetown University magna cum laude and University of Virginia School of Law
order of the coif.
NAPABA commends President Obama for nominating
Amit Mehta to the bench and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia
for her support of his nomination.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar
Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges,
law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and
approximately 70 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners,
large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving
at all levels of government. NAPABA engages in legislative and policy advocacy, promotes APA
political leadership and political appointments, and builds coalitions within the legal profession and
the community at large. NAPABA also serves as a resource for government agencies, members of
Congress, and public service organizations about APAs in the legal profession, civil rights, and
diversity in the courts.