November 16, 2018

US President Trump nominates Indian-American attorney Neomi Rao To Replace Justice Kavanaugh In US Court


As a replacement of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, on November 14, US President Donald Trump had sent to the Senate the nomination of Indian-American attorney and academic, Neomi Jehangir Rao, to the United States courts of Appeals.

If confirmed by the Senate, Neomi, who is an anti-regulation official and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, would be able to serve a lifetime post on the DC court.

The announcement was made by President Trump during Diwali celebrations on November 13 at the historic Roosevelt Room of the White House.

President Trump said, "She's going to be fantastic. Great person."

Also, the South Asian Bar Association said, "Congratulations to Neomi Rao on her nomination to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit."

Neomi currently serves as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). In her present post as the Administrator, she has played a key role in regulatory reform, which according to the White House saved American families and businesses $23 billion in fiscal year-2018 by getting rid of unduly burdensome and unnecessary regulation.

Neomi is a former professor of structural constitutional law, administrative law, and legislation and statutory interpretation at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. She founded the Law School’s Center for the Study of the Administrative State and focused her scholarship on the political and constitutional accountability of administrative agencies and the role of Congress.

Moreover, her comparative analysis of the use of dignity in constitutional law has been widely cited in the United States and abroad. She also served as a Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and on the Governing Council of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

Prior to joining the Law School, Neomi served in all three branches of the government. She served as Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues. During government service, Neomi also practiced in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP, specializing in international law and commercial arbitration.

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