US President Barack Obama made history on Tuesday by nominating for the first time a Muslim to serve as a federal judge. Abid Qureshi, an American of Pakistani origin, has been nominated as federal judge to the US District Court in Columbia. Qureshi was born in Pakistan and received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1977 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1997.
Mr. Qureshi has been partner at a Latham and Watkins, a law firm based in Washington DC since 2006, leading their pro bono efforts since 2012, reported of the top-rank journal.
Obama in his talk proclaimed, “I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice”. He further added “I am pleased to nominate Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court bench”.
Barack Obama’s recommendation has been hailed as a milestone by Muslim advocacy groups, Farhana Khera
“I commend President Barack Obama for taking this important step in continuing to pick the best and brightest from every community to serve as part of our nation’s judiciary,” urged Farhana Khera who is an executive director of Muslim Advocates and owns a legal advocacy organization.
“A judiciary that reflects the rich diversity of our nation helps ensure the fair and just administration of the law, and it is vital for American Muslims to be included.
“Absolutely possible” that he would receive unfair treatment if a Muslim came to serve as federal judge, Donald Trump
The nomination comes towards the end of Obama’s final term in office and in the midst of a racially-charged election campaign in the country.
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has expressed insecurities regarding fair treatment by a Muslim judge after his controversial call to ban Muslims from the US.