President Joe Biden has nominated Nusrat Jahan Choudhury to become a federal judge. With this move, Choudhury becomes the first Muslim American woman to be nominated to the federal judiciary. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she would then become the first Muslim American woman to sit as a federal judge in U.S. history.
Choudhury is no stranger to making history. Previously, she was nominated to sit on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
“These choices also continue to fulfill the President’s promise to ensure that the nation’s courts reflect the diversity that is one of our greatest assets as a country,” a statement from the White House reads, according to ABC News.
Prior to to this week’s nomination, Choudhury earned degrees from Columbia University, Princeton University and Yale Law School. More recently, she worked as the deputy director of the national ACLU Racial Justice Program. Today, she helps out as the legal director of the Illinois division of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Biden brings the number of his federal judicial nominees to 83 with eight more names announced this morning. One of Biden’s new nominees, Nusrat Jahan Choudhury, would be the first Muslim-American woman to serve as a federal judge.
— Kate Sullivan (@KateSullivanDC) January 19, 2022