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AABA Ohio Supports the Nomination of Asian Pacific American to be the next United States Solicitor General

posted Sep 17, 2010, 7:56 PM by AABA Ohio   [ updated Sep 9, 2012, 6:46 PM ]
The Asian Pacific American Bar of Ohio signed on to a joint letter to Robert Bauer, Esq., Counsel to the President, on behalf of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and NAPABA Affiliates supporting the candidacies of two outstanding individuals for the position of United States Solicitor General: Preeta Bansal and Neal Katyal.

This is an opportune moment to make history with two outstanding candidates for the job. Both Ms. Bansal and Mr. Katyal are already prominent members of the Indian American community and either would be an exceptionally well-qualified diverse nominee.  The appointment of either Mr. Katyal or Ms. Bansal as Solicitor General would make him or her the only high-ranking Indian American in the Obama Administration outside of Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of USAID.  Thus far, the highest ranked Asian Pacific American official at the DOJ has been Viet Dinh, who was appointed Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy by President George W. Bush in 2001. 

In the history of the United States, there has never been an Asian Pacific American who has served in any of the top four positions at the Department of Justice.  President Obama can make history by nominating Preeta Bansal or Neal Katyal to serve as the next United States Solicitor General.