California Gets First Indian-American Judge

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Vijay "Jay" Gandhi has become the first Indian-American federal judge in California's history, reports India West weekly. He was sworn in as magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court in California’s Central District. Gandhi, 38, received a law degree from the University of Southern California Law School, where he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class.

In California, South Asian American lawyers have been waiting for over two years for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to appoint an Indian-American judge to no avail. The South Asian Bar Association called the appointment "historic" and said it was a "testament to the South Asian American legal community's progress in advancing our bar." He joins Kentucky's Amul R. Thapar as the second Indian-American federal judge in the country.