NRI Pulse
NRI News

Local prosecutor becomes first Indian-American judge in Virginia

Washington, Jan 20 (IANS) Rupen R. Shah, who is currently the Chief Deputy of Augusta County Commonwealth in Virginia, has become the first Indian American judge to be elected the southeastern US state.

Shah is a resident of Staunton city and his six-year term will commence on February 1, according to a press release from the local General Assembly delegation announcing his confirmation on Thursday.

Shah has served on executive committee and council of Virginia State Bar and also as chair of Diversity Conference of Virginia State Bar.

He was recognised by the State Bar as a local leader of the year 2009 and also served as president of the Augusta County Bar Association during 2008-2009.

Shah, who has a law degree from New York’s Syracuse University, founded the non-profit Valley Children’s Centre, which helps law enforcement and Child Protective Services workers interview abused and neglected children.

The Indian American also has extensive experience in teaching law.

Tim Martin, the Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney, said Shah is deserving of the judgeship.

“The bottom line is he is an excellent choice,” Martin said. “I will miss him both personally and professionally. Our office’s great loss is the judiciary’s gain.”

Shah has worked as a prosecutor in Augusta County for more than 20 years, Martin said.

Related posts

Official thanks 17-year-old hacker for pointing out flaws in Indian diplomatic mission websites

veena

Kal Penn starts fundraiser for Syrian refugees

veena

Modi wins 'Reader's Poll' for TIME Person of the Year

veena

1 comment

Local prosecutor becomes first Indian-American judge in Virginia - NRI Achievers Award for Global Indians March 23, 2017 at 5:37 am

[…] Shah has worked as a prosecutor in Augusta County for more than 20 years, Martin said. Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on NRI Pulse Citation Source […]

Reply

Leave a Reply to Local prosecutor becomes first Indian-American judge in Virginia - NRI Achievers Award for Global Indians Cancel Reply