Joe Biden nominates Pakistan-born lawyer to US federal appeals court

If approved, Adeel Mangi would become the first Muslim American to serve on a US federal appeals court

Adeel Mangi.  - Courtesy NBC News
Adeel Mangi. – Courtesy NBC News
  • Adeel Mangi is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Oxford.
  • He actively pursued religious freedom cases during Trump’s tenure.
  • Lawyer Adeel Manki is a resident of Karachi.

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated Pakistan-born lawyer Adeel Mangi to serve on a federal appeals court, according to reports Washington Post,

If the nomination makes it through the Democratic-controlled US Senate, Mangi, a Harvard and Oxford-trained lawyer, would become the first Muslim American to serve in the post in the country’s history.

The lawyer was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, based in Philadelphia. His nomination was announced along with seven other judicial nominees.

Mangi is currently a partner at the American law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP – a firm he joined in 2000 after graduating from Harvard Law School with an LLM. He is also a member of the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and holds a first-class degree in Law from the University of Oxford.

The Pakistan-born lawyer is also a member of the advisory board of the Alliance of Families for Justice.

Adeel Mangi has also worked with the Muslim Bar Association of New York, the Legal Aid Society of New York, and Muslims for Progressive Values.

Among the highest levels of his litigation, the attorney achieved, according to his law firm, the largest jury verdict in the history of the Virginia court system in a case involving theft of trade secrets in the software industry. He has also obtained the largest settlement in New York State history in cases involving the death of a state prison inmate.

The lawyer has actively taken up religious freedom cases and was at the forefront of legal battles involving the Muslim community during Donald Trump’s tenure.

Interestingly, the lawyer’s nomination comes at a time when President Biden is facing criticism from Muslim voters for his pro-Israel stance during the conflict in Gaza and concerns over rising Islamophobia.

Additionally, Mangi’s nomination comes two years after Biden nominated Zahid N. Qureshi, the first Muslim, to a federal district court. Qureshi was confirmed by the US Senate for the post of judge in New Jersey.

Qureshi, also of Pakistani origin, was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 83 to 16 to the federal judgeship.

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