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PRESS RELEASE | NAPABA Applauds the Nomination of John Nalbandian to U.S. Court of Appeals — 6th Cir

News Release

For Immediate Release
Jan. 24, 2018

                                                    For More Information, Contact:
                                                    Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
                                          , 202-775-9555

NAPABA Applauds the Nomination of John Nalbandian
to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


WASHINGTON — Yesterday, President Trump nominated John B. Nalbandian to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. If confirmed, Nalbandian would be the second Asian Pacific American to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and would be the seventh active Asian Pacific American federal appellate judge in the nation.

“We congratulate John Nalbandian on his nomination to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit,” said Pankit J. Doshi, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). “A leader in his local community and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Southwest Ohio, John will bring his record of legal excellence to the bench. I urge the Senate to confirm him.”

Nalbandian is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, specializing in appellate practice and complex litigation. He previously worked in the appellate practice of a Washington, D.C., law firm. He has a record of public service, having been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a board member of the State Justice Institute in 2010. In 2007, he was appointed as a special justice to the Kentucky Supreme Court by Governor Fletcher. He has also served on the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Nalbandian is active in his community in Kentucky and Ohio, where serves on numerous boards, including of the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program and of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Southwest Ohio.

He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as managing editor of the Virginia Law Review. He clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

NAPABA commends President Trump for nominating Nalbandian to the bench and extends its gratitude to Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul of Kentucky for recommending him to the White House.

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, 202-775-9555,   

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and over 80 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

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