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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street N.W., Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006


Contact: Aleli Samson

August 11, 2009

(202) 775-9555

NAPABA Applauds the Confirmation of Preet Bharara
as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Washington, DC – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is pleased that Preet Bharara has been confirmed as the next United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Bharara will be the nation’s third Indian American United States Attorney and is the first Asian Pacific American to be appointed as a United States Attorney on the East Coast.

“Through his hard work and bipartisan efforts, Mr. Bharara has demonstrated a genuine commitment to justice and excellence within the legal profession,” said NAPABA President Andrew T. Hahn, Sr. “His integrity and wealth of experience make him an invaluable addition to the U.S. Department of Justice. NAPABA is proud to support the appointment of such a close friend and ally of the Asian Pacific American community.”

Prior to his confirmation, Mr. Bharara was the Chief Counsel to Senator Charles Schumer and served as the Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts from 2005 to 2009. He previously served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, working in the General Crimes, Narcotics, and Organized Crime/Terrorism Units. Mr. Bharara also worked for seven years in private practice after graduating from Harvard College and Columbia Law School. In 2007, Mr. Bharara was named South Asian Lawyer of the Year by the North American South Asian Bar Association.

NAPABA would like to thank President Obama for nominating Mr. Bharara, Senator Charles Schumer for recommending Mr. Bharara, and the Senate Judiciary Committee for its speedy confirmation.


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 60 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.


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