Indian American becomes US federal judge
WASHINGTON: Indian-American Vijay C Gandhi has been sworn in as a federal magistrate judge in a Californian district, making him only the second from the diaspora to become federal judge in the history of the US.
One of the youngest federal judges currently serving in California Central District, Gandhi, 38, is also the first Indian American federal judge in this district.
Sworn in on April 14, judge Gandhi will sit in Los Angeles and will preside over matters arising from all three Divisions of the Court.
The Central District of California is the largest district in the nation, serving more than 19 million people.
We are exceptionally proud of Judge Gandhi for his accomplishments, especially given his steadfast commitment to the South Asian community," said Joseph J Centeno, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).
"He will be an outstanding magistrate judge," he said. Formerly a litigation partner at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, Gandhi practiced law for nearly 12 years at the firm, as an associate from 1998 to 2006, and as an equity partner, thereafter.
Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Gandhi clerked for the Honorable Kenneth M Hoyt, US District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
He also worked on a full-time basis as a volunteer Deputy District Attorney and first-chaired multiple jury trials as a prosecutor.
Gandhi has been repeatedly recognised as a "Rising Star Lawyer" in the "Super Lawyers" Edition of Law & Politics Magazine.
He is also a prolific writer and speaker on securities and business litigation, and co-authored a book about securities law claims.
He received his JD degree from the University of Southern California Law School, where he graduated Order of the Coif and received multiple American Jurisprudence awards.
He is also a former president and lifetime member of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California, an affiliate of NAPABA.