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Biden nominates Indian-American woman circuit court chief judge as federal judge

US President Joe Biden has nominated Indian-American circuit court docket chief choose Shalina D Kumar as a federal choose for the Japanese District of Michigan, the White Home introduced on Wednesday.

Nominated by Biden to the US District Courtroom for the Japanese District of Michigan, Chief Choose Shalina has served on the Oakland County Sixth Circuit Courtroom since 2007. She was appointed Chief Choose of the Circuit Courtroom by the Michigan Supreme Courtroom in January of 2018, a media launch mentioned.

Shalina could be the primary federal choose of South Asian descent in Michigan, the White Home mentioned.

Along with her chief choose duties, Choose Shalina retains a full caseload overlaying each civil and felony issues, the White Home mentioned.

All through her years on the bench, Shalina has served as a presiding choose of the Grownup Therapy Courtroom, the Chairperson of the Oakland County Legal Task Committee, the bench liaison to the Oakland County Bar Affiliation Circuit Courtroom Committee, a member of the Michigan State Bar Professionalism Committee, and a member of the Govt Committee of the Michigan Judges’ Affiliation.

Previous to taking the bench, Shalina was a civil litigator in personal follow from 1997 to 2007, together with as an affiliate with Weiner & Cox P.L.C. from 2004 to 2007 and Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz P.C. from 2000 to 2004.

She graduated from the College of Michigan in 1993 and the College of Detroit-Mercy College of Legislation in 1996.

She was appointed choose for the sixth Circuit Courtroom in Oakland County, Michigan by former Governor Jennifer Granholm on August 20, 2007, to fill the emptiness created by the retirement of Choose Gene Schnelz. Shalina was then elected to the court docket in 2008 and re-elected in 2014.

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