Indian-American Arun Subramanian confirmed as New York district court Judge


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Arun Subramanian earns the distinction of being appointed the first South Asian judge to serve to be the District Judge for the Southern District of New York. His nomination was confirmed by a vote of 58-37. His nomination for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York was announced by US President Joe Biden in September 2022.

“We have confirmed Arun Subramanian as an SDNY (Southern District of New York) judge. He is a son of Indian immigrants and the 1st South Asian-American judge confirmed to SDNY — which has one of the largest South Asian-American populations in the country. He’s dedicated his career to fighting for people,” Senate Majority Leader Senate Chuck Schumer said immediately after the confirmation vote. Schumer also described  Subramanian as the “epitome of the American Dream and a history maker”. 

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1979, to a father who was a control systems engineer whereas his mother worked in several roles including as a bookkeeper.

“Mr. Subramanian’s resume tells a very clear story: he is excellent, he is accomplished, and he’s dedicated his entire career fighting for average Americans. He served as a law clerk to Judge Dennis Jacobs on the Second Circuit, Judge Gerard Lynch in the Southern District of New York, and the late, great, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” he said.

“He’s an expert in consumer protection with years of experience defending those injured by unfair, illegal practices. He is also defended victims of child trafficking in pornography. Our courts need more people like Arun Subramanian,” Schumer said.

Subramanian completed his BA in computer science and English from Case Western Reserve University in 2001. He received his Juris Doctor (J.D) from Columbia Law School in 2004 and 3 years later, he received his law degree from Columbia Law School as a James Kent & Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He also served as executive editor for the Columbia Law Review.

Currently, Subramanian is a partner at Susman Godfrey LLP in New York, where he has been working since 2007. In his career, Arun has successfully redeemed over a billion dollars for the victims of fraud and other illegal conduct.

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