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Joe Biden nominates Indian-American Rupa Ranga Puttagunta as judge of DC District Court

US President Joe Biden with Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House in Washington, US. (REUTERS)Premium
US President Joe Biden with Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House in Washington, US. (REUTERS)

  • Among the presidential nominations, 10 individuals are for Federal Circuit and District Court judge posts, and one individual to serve as a Superior Court Judge for the District of Columbia
  • Biden has nominated Indian-American Judge Rupa Ranga Puttagunta: Nominee for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday (local time) announced his intent to nominate Indian-American Rupa Ranga Puttagunta as a federal judge, among 10 other diverse picks for top judicial positions, which include African-American and Muslim American candidates.

Among the presidential nominations, 10 individuals are for Federal Circuit and District Court judge posts, and one individual to serve as a Superior Court Judge for the District of Columbia.

Biden has nominated Indian-American Judge Rupa Ranga Puttagunta: Nominee for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

If confirmed by the US Senate, Judge Puttagunta would be the first Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) woman to serve on the US District Court for the District of DC, the White House has said.

All you need to know about Judge Puttagunta

"Judge Rupa Ranga Puttagunta currently serves as an Administrative Judge for the D.C. Rental Housing Commission. Prior to joining the Commission in 2019, Judge Puttagunta was a solo practitioner from 2013 to 2019, representing indigent criminal defendants in trial and on appeal. Before opening her own practice, Judge Puttagunta practiced family and appellate law at Delaney McKinney, LLP from 2012 to 2013," the readout from the White House stated.

While working on domestic relations matters in private practice, Judge Puttagunta also provided hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services by volunteering at D.C. Superior Court’s Family Court Self-Help Center and Attorney Negotiator Program and representing victims of domestic violence in D.C. Superior Court.

Judge Puttagunta began her legal career as a law clerk for Judge William M. Jackson of the D.C. Superior Court from 2008 to 2010, as well as the Senior Judges of the D.C. Court of Appeals from 2010 to 2011.

Judge Puttagunta received her Juris Doctor degree from Ohio State Moritz College of Law in 2007 and her B.A. from Vassar College in 2002.

The intent to nominate 11 individuals today is faster than any President in modern history. With respect to Circuit and District Courts, none of the last four administrations had nominated more than two candidates by this point in their presidency.

"This trailblazing slate of nominees draws from the very best and brightest minds of the American legal profession. Each is deeply qualified and prepared to deliver justice faithfully under our Constitution and impartially to the American people -- and together they represent the broad diversity of background, experience, and perspective that makes our nation strong," the President said.

With agency inputs

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