President Obama made history on Tuesday by nominating a Muslim to serve the federal district court in Washington, D.C.
According to a civil rights legal advocacy group, Muslim Advocates, Abid Riaz Qureshi will be the first Muslim lawyer ever to be nominated for federal judgeship.
“I am pleased to nominate Mr. Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court bench,” President Obama said in a statement. “I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”
Mr Qureshi is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins.
Muslim Advocates applauded Obama’s decision to nominate Qureshi. The groups executive director released a statement praising him.
“I commend President 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,”
“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.”
The nomination is of significance in this political climate that has racially divided the whole country but it is not clear if Qureshi will be nominated.
Obama’s days in office are numbered and Senate Republicans have clearly stated that they will not be confirming any of the president’s picks.
Mr Qureshi was born in Pakistan and has been a partner at the firm since 2006. He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1993 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1997.
He is the global chairman of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and specializes in cases involving the False Claims Act, health care fraud, and securities violations.