Indian-American Justice Department official, Vijay Shanker has been nominated by United States President Donald Trump as the judge at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in Washington. Vijay Shanker is the present Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division at the Justice Department. The nomination of Shankar was announced on Thursday.
At the justice department he used to supervise 30 lawyers who handle federal criminal appeals and draft Supreme Court briefs. He was mainly responsible for investigating and prosecuting violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related offences.
His appointment as the judge for a 15-year term will have to be approved by the Senate. At the same time, he is an adjunct associate professor at the Washington College of Law of the American University.
Shanker is also the recipient of the Attorney General”s John Marshall Award and the Assistant Attorney General”s Award for Exceptional Service.
The Judicial Nomination Commission received the endorsement of Shanker by the South Asian Bar Association of Washington as “immensely qualified”. The Association noted that he “has drafted briefs for the Solicitor General for filing in the US Supreme Court and was part of a five-person team selected to litigate an aspect of the Guantanamo Bay military commission proceedings against Khalid Shaikh Mohammad and the other masterminds of 9/11”.
After completing graduation from law school, Mr Shanker served as a law clerk to Judge Chester J. Straub on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He completed his B.A from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.