On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump nominated Indian-American Neomi Rao to replace recently Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considered next to the US Supreme Court.
Announcing the nomination during the White House Diwali celebrations, the US President said, "She is going to be fantastic. Great person."
He further added,
I just nominated Neomi to be on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, the seat of justice Brett Kavanaugh. That could be a big story.
Rao thanked Trump for the “confidence” he has shown in her with this nomination.
Born to Parsi physicians from India, Neomi Rao was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She finished her schooling from Detroit Country Day School and graduated from Yale University with a distinction in ethics, politics, economics and philosophy.
Rao then attended the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and received her J.D. in 2000.
Between 2001 and 2002, she clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Prior to this, she worked with Harvie Wilkinson III of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 2000 to 2001.
If chosen by the Senate, the 45-year-old will be the second Indian-American judge after Sree Srinivasan on the DC Circuit. This court has jurisdiction over issues like regulatory, national security and separation of powers.
Currently, Neomi Rao is an administrator at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). She oversees implementation of the administration’s deregulatory agenda and regulation-related executive orders, says Hindustan Times.
Rao also serves as an associate law professor at the George Mason University Scalia School of Law, says CNN.
The event was attended by top Indian-American officials and Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Singh Sarna.
A formal announcement in this regard is expected to be made by the White House on Wednesday.