Trump nominates Indian-American advocate as Associate Judge of District of Columbia Court



US President Donald Trump has nominated Indian-American advocate Vijay Shanker as the Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

In a communique to the Senate on Sunday, Trump said the nomination of Shanker is for a period of 15 years.

If confirmed by the Senate, Shanker will replace John R Fisher, who has retired from the same position.

Currently, he (Shankar) serves as Senior Litigation Counsel in the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, and Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section.

Before joining the Department of Justice in 2012, Shanker was in private practice with the Washington, DC, offices of Mayer Brown, LLC and Covington and Burling, LLP.

Upon graduation from law school, Shanker served as a law clerk to Judge Chester J Straub at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is the highest court in Washington DC.