Indira (“Indi”) Talwani Confirmed to the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Press Release From SABA:

The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) commends confirmation of Indira (“Indi”) Talwani to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts by a 94-0 vote. “Indi is a committed attorney with an exceptional record.  She is admired by her peers.  We are extremely excited that another deserving South Asian has been nominated to the judiciary,” pronounced Nadeem Bezar, President of SABA North America.

Talwani is a respected leader in the public interest legal community and a leading authority on the Family Medical Leave Act. She has tried more than twenty-five arbitration cases as lead or solo counsel and has developed an impressive record as an advocate for the underserved while working on a wide variety of matters from complex civil anti-trust litigation, whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, low wage class action, and challenging an Environmental Protection Agency decision. Ms. Talwani is a tireless advocate on behalf of the underserved and understands the value of labor relations.  These skills have distinguished her among her peers.  In 2012, the Chinese Progressive Association awarded her the Workers Justice Award. In 2010, The Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named her one of the “Top 10 Lawyers of the Year.”

Talwani is the third South Asian nominee by President Obama, after Vince Chhabria and Manish Shah, both confirmed earlier this year. Talwani will be the first person of South Asian descent to serve as a federal judge in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the first person of South Asian descent to serve as an Article III judge in the courts covered by the First Circuit, and only the second female Article III judge of South Asian descent nationwide.

“SABA Greater Boston is thrilled by the Senate’s confirmation of Indira Talwani to the federal bench in Massachusetts. We are very proud of her accomplishments and look forward to her continued success,” stated Gauri Punjabi, President of SABA Greater Boston.

Prior to her confirmation, Judge Talwani was a partner in the Boston law firm of Segal Roitman, LLP and focuses her practice on labor and employment law. Talwani received her J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law (a.k.a. Boalt Hall), in 1988 and she received her B.A.cum laude, from Harvard-Radcliffe in 1982. She served as a law clerk to Hon. Stanley A. Weigel in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and was a partner at Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco before moving to Boston in 1999.

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