Pakistani-American Zahid Quraishi has turn out to be the primary Muslim in US historical past to have been nominated for the place of a federal decide by US President Joe Biden.
If confirmed, Quraishi would be the first Muslim American to function a federal district decide.
President Biden nominated decide Quraishi to be a federal decide on the US District Courtroom for the District of New Jersey.
Quraishi was appointed in 2019 to be a Justice of the Peace decide within the District of New Jersey by the judges he now seeks to affix on the bench.
A military veteran, Quraishi was a navy prosecutor with the JAG Corps and did deployments in Iraq in 2004 and 2006, in response to his Rutgers bio web page.
A Justice of the Peace decide just isn’t technically thought of a member of the federal bench the identical approach a district court docket or circuit decide is as a result of the place just isn’t outlined within the Structure’s Article III and Justice of the Peace judges usually are not appointed by the president.
Justice of the Peace judges are assigned by statute to supervise some issues and may additionally be delegated duties by bona fide district judges.
“This trailblazing slate of nominees attracts from the easiest and brightest minds of the American authorized career,” the White Home stated in a press release about all of the nominees.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Senator Corey Booker and Senator Bob Menendez praised the US President’s transfer.
The American-Pakistani Public Affairs Committee thanked President Biden for the initiative.