National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2014
Contact: Emily Chatterjee
NAPABA Celebrates Confirmation of Vince Chhabria
to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
WASHINGTON — Today, the Senate confirmed Vince
Chhabria by a 58-41 vote to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of California. He is the first person of South Asian
descent to serve as an Article III judge in California’s history, and
only the third South Asian American federal district court judge
"NAPABA congratulates Vince Chhabria on his historic
confirmation and is proud to have supported him in the nomination and
confirmation process," said William J. Simonitsch, president of the
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). "We applaud
President Obama, Senator Boxer, and Senator Feinstein for their
continued commitment to diversity on the federal judiciary, and their
support of this nomination."
Since 2005, Judge Chhabria has served as a deputy
city attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where he is
the co-chief of appellate litigation. Prior to public service, Judge
Chhabria spent several years working in the private sector in San
Francisco. After law school, he clerked at all three levels of the
federal courts, including clerkships with Judge Charles R. Breyer on the
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Judge
James R. Browning on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,
and for Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge
Chhabria has distinguished himself during his career, receiving honors
from the California Daily Journal, the International Municipal Lawyers
Association, and NAPABA. He is a longstanding member of SABA-NC, an
affiliate of NAPABA, which has strongly supported Chhabria’s nomination.
Judge Chhabria's confirmation increases the number of
active Asian Pacific American Article III judges to 22 nationwide: 4
federal appellate court judges and 18 federal district court judges.
Three more Asian Pacific American Article III
judicial nominees are pending in the U.S. Senate: Manish Shah, nominee
for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois;
Indira Talwani, nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of
Massachusetts; and Theodore Chuang, nominee for the U.S. District Court
for the District of Maryland. NAPABA urges the Senate to move quickly to
confirm these well- qualified individuals.
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 67
national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its
members include 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 the federal and state
judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to
eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the
professional development of people of color in the legal profession.