WASHINGTON, USA - President Joe Biden nominated eight new judges on Wednesday, including civil rights lawyer Nusrat Jahan Choudhury, who will be the first Bangladeshi-American and Muslim woman to serve on the federal court.
Choudhury, the legal director of the ACLU of Illinois, has been appointed as a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York, which has courthouses in Brooklyn and Central Islip.
She has previously worked at the national ACLU since 2008, most recently as deputy director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program. She will be only the second Muslim American to serve as a federal judge if she is approved.
Since taking office a year ago, the eight nominees boosted Biden's total federal appellate and district court appointments to 81. His insistence on broadening the bench has resulted in most nominees being women or people of color.