National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2014
Contact: Tina Matsuoka
NAPABA CELEBRATES CONFIRMATION OF AMIT P. MEHTA
TO THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
WASHINGTON – Late last night the U.S. Senate confirmed Amit Priyavadan Mehta by a voice vote to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He is the first Asian Pacific American to serve as a federal district court judge in the District of Columbia.
“Judge Mehta’s confirmation to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today marks a milestone,” said George C. Chen, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). “He is not only the first South Asian American, but also the first Asian Pacific American, to ever serve on this court. NAPABA is proud to have supported Judge Mehta’s nomination to the bench. We applaud President Obama and Congresswoman Holmes Norton for putting his name forward.”
Before joining the bench, Mehta was a partner at the Washington, D.C. office of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, where his practice primarily focused on white-collar criminal defense, complex business disputes, and appellate advocacy. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, he spent time in public service, working as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia from 2002 to 2007. Earlier in his career, Mehta was an associate at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, served as a law clerk for Judge Susan P. Graber of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and as an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1997 and from Georgetown University in 1993. The National Law Journal, Benchmark Litigation, and Superlawyers have all recognized Mehta for his legal excellence.
NAPABA commends President Obama for nominating Amit Mehta to the bench and thanks Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia for her support of his nomination. Judge Mehta’s confirmation today increases the number of active Asian Pacific American Article III judges to 26 nationwide: four federal appellate court judges and 22 federal district court judges.
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.