Former President Donald Trump has nominated Indian – American lawyer Vijay Shankar for a second term as Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on January 2. Trump made the decision two weeks before stepping down. However, Trump’s proposal to appoint Vijay Shankar as judge was rescinded by new President Joe Biden on Thursday.
A few months before stepping down from the presidency, Biden sent a notification to the Senate withdrawing proposals for 30 appointments made by Trump. It also includes the name of Indian American Vijay Shankar.
In June last year, Trump announced the appointment of Vijaya Shankar. Donald Trump has announced that he will appoint Vijay Shankar, of Indian descent, as an associate judge for the Supreme Court in the national capital, Washington DC. Trump said at the time that he would become a judge of the Columbia Court of Appeals if the Senate approved the matter.
Vijay Shankar is currently the Senior Litigation Council and Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section in the Criminal Division of the Judiciary. Shankar has been with the Justice Department since 2012. Prior to that he practiced law in Washington. Mayor Brown argued several lawsuits on behalf of LLC, Covington & Burling, LLC.
After completing his degree in law he was a clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for Second Circuit Judge Chester Jay Strabo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Duke University and a PhD from the University of Virginia. He later worked as a notes editor for the Virginia Law Review.