Nusrat Chowdhary will become the first Muslim woman federal judge in US history

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Nusrat ChowdhryNusrat Chowdhry, a civil rights lawyer, has been confirmed by the US Senate for appointment as the first Muslim female federal judge in US history.

An overview of the news

  • She became the first Bangladeshi American and the first Muslim American woman to become a federal judge.

  • She will serve as a federal judge in Brooklyn federal court in New York after receiving a 50-49 vote along party lines.

  • Endorsed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), she currently holds the position of Legal Director for the ACLU of Illinois.

  • Chowdhary previously served in the ACLU National Office and was the Deputy Director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program.

  • Chowdhury has a notable academic background, having graduated from Columbia, Princeton and Yale Law Schools.

  • He has also served as clerk to chief justices in the US District Court and US Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Earlier, in 2019, Zahid Qureshi became the country's first federal Muslim judge when he was confirmed to serve as a district court judge in New Jersey.

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