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News Release

For Immediate Release
April 26, 2017

                                                    For More Information, Contact:
                                                    Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
                                          , 202-775-9555

 NAPABA Submits Testimony in Support of the Nomination of
Judge Amul Thapar for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals


WASHINGTON — Today, Judge Amul R. Thapar sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing on his nomination to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

“Today’s hearings demonstrate that Judge Amul Thapar is a highly qualified nominee,” said Cyndie M. Chang, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) president. “He is an experienced and fair jurist who was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote to his current position on the bench. Judge Thapar is a trailblazer and role model for many in our community, as the first South Asian American to serve on the federal bench.”

“The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association extends its strong support for Judge Thapar’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. NAPABA urges the Senate to hold a prompt vote and swiftly confirm Judge Thapar.”

Judge Amul Thapar was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in 2007. NAPABA supported his nomination to the bench at that time. He has a long record of public service, including serving as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. If confirmed, Judge Thapar would become the second South Asian American to serve as a federal Article III appellate judge and the fifth currently active Asian Pacific American federal Article III appellate judge.

NAPABA provided testimony in support of Judge Thapar, stating: “Judge Thapar would make an immediate contribution as a federal circuit court judge. His qualifications, integrity, intellect, and commitment to the justice system are unquestionable. He brings dedicated talent and understanding of the issues before the court, and a willingness to tackle complex issues, that is inspiring… [T]he swift confirmation of Judge Thapar is important to NAPABA and the Asian Pacific American community.” 

Read NAPABA’s statement on the nomination of Judge Thapar here. Read NAPABA’s testimony here.


For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or

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 almost 50,000 attorneys and approximately 75 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American 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 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.

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