Subramanian: Arun Subramanian becomes the first Indo-American judge of the New York District Court

WASHINGTON: The United States Senate confirmed Tuesday that Indo-American Arun Subramanian to be the District Judge for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), making him the first South Asian judge to serve on that bench. The United States has confirmed the appointment of Subramanian by a vote of 58 to 37 on Tuesday night.
“We have confirmed Arun Subramanian as a judge for the Southern District of New York. He is a son of Indian immigrants and the 1st confirmed South Asian-American judge at SDNY – which has one of the largest South Asian populations – Americans in the country. He has dedicated his career to fighting for the people,” said Senate Majority Leader Senate Chuck Schumer said immediately after the conformation vote.
Ahead of the floor vote, Schumer said Subramanian is “the embodiment of the American dream and a maker of history”: the child of hard-working Indian immigrants, he will become the first South Asian to chair the Southern District , which has one of the largest South Asian populations in the country.
“Mr. Subramanian’s resume tells a very clear story: he’s excellent, he’s accomplished, he’s spent his entire career fighting for average Americans. He served as law clerk to Judge Dennis Jacobs on the Second Circuit, judge Gerard Lynch in the Southern District of New York, and the late Grand Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” he said.
“He is a consumer protection expert with years of experience defending those harmed by unfair and illegal practices. He has also defended victims of child pornography trafficking. Our Courts need more people like Arun Subramanian,” Schumer said.
Subramanian was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1979. His parents immigrated to America from India in the early 1970s. His father was a control systems engineer at several companies; his mother held several jobs, including as an accountant.
He graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and English. Three years later, he graduated from Columbia Law School as a James Kent & Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He was also an editor of articles for the Columbia Law Review.
Currently a partner at Susman Godfrey LLP in New York, where he has worked since 2007, Subramanian clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court from 2006 to 2007.
A staunch expert on consumer protection, he also defended victims of child pornography trafficking, Schumer said.
His victories include securing more than $400 million for state and federal governments through a Novartis Pharmaceuticals-related lawsuit; obtain $590 million in LIBOR settlements in an ongoing price-fixing class action lawsuit; and securing a $100 million judgment in a federal residential mortgage-backed securities case against Flagstar Bank after the 2008 crisis.
“He was also appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to serve on the court’s Advisory Committee for Federal Rules of Evidence,” Schumer said.


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