Nusrat Jahan Choudhury is set to become the first Bangladeshi-American and the first Muslim-American woman to serve on federal bench if she receives Senate approval, reports Press Xpress.
US President Joe Biden recently nominated eight new judges, including Nusrat Jahan Choudhury, a civil rights lawyer, who will become the first Bangladeshi- American and Muslim woman to serve on the federal bench.
Nusrat Choudhury has served as legal director for the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union advocacy group since 2020 and has worked with the union in various capacities since 2008. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and received her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.
Should Choudhury receive Senate confirmation, she would become not only the first Muslim-American woman to serve on the federal bench but also the first Bangladeshi-American, the White House said.
She would also be the second Muslim-American federal judge.
Nusrat Choudhury’s nomination is part of eight nominees being proposed by Biden, the 13th tranche since the President assumed office in January 2021.
“Nusrat Choudhury’s nomination to the federal bench is historic — as the first Bangladeshi American and first Muslim woman to serve on the federal bench and the second Muslim American,” ACLU of Illinois Executive Director Colleen Connell said in a statement.
“During her tenure as legal director in Illinois, she has among other things led our legal team in efforts to improve policing in Chicago, protect medically-vulnerable persons detained on immigration charges during the COVID pandemic in Illinois county jails, and challenged unfair practices that drive Chicago residents into bankruptcy to pay fines and fees,” Connell added. Biden has now nominated 83 federal judges. Other nominees include Judge Ana Isabel de Alba, who would be the first Latina to serve on the Eastern District of California and the second-ever Latino judge