Oregon Federal District Court Appoints First Muslim American to be a Federal Judge

It is with tremendous privilege that the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) congratulates the Honorable Mustafa T. Kasubhai on his historic appointment as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Oregon, effective September 21, 2018.
Judge Kasubhai’s appointment makes him the first Muslim-American to serve on the Federal Bench, not just in Oregon, but nationally.  Before his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Kasubhai was the first person of color to serve on the Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene, Oregon.  Judge Kasubhai received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and attended college at the University of California, Berkeley.

His appointment to the U.S. District Court is a testament to his professionalism, commitment to the law, his love for his community, and the respect he is given from his peers.  As a first-generation Muslim American of South Asian/Indian descent, Judge Kasubhai has shown significant dedication to furthering diversity in the profession by participating in groups and programs, which promote diversity and equality.  He has been an active member of OAPABA and a role model to many young diverse attorneys in Oregon.  In 2018, he was awarded OAPABA’s Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award, which recognizes leaders in our community who demonstrate leadership, professionalism, mentorship, a pioneering spirit, and a deep commitment to diversity and the promotion of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) in the Oregon legal community.  He is also this year’s recipient of NAPABA’s Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements, leadership, and impact of lawyers who are paving the way for the advancement of other Asian Pacific Americans in the legal profession and the broader Asian Pacific American community.

OAPABA applauds the appointment of Judge Kasubhai to the federal bench: “We believe Judge Kasubhai will bring a wealth of intelligence and experience to the federal bench—particularly his strong ties to southern Oregon, his proven skills at settling cases, and his reputation as a thoughtful adjudicator,” said Sara Ghafouri, president of OAPABA.

“NAPABA congratulates Judge Kasubhai on his appointment to serve as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the District of Oregon,” said Pankit J. Doshi, President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. “We are proud to be honoring him this year with the Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer award for his dedication to community service in Oregon and mentorship. His skills as jurist and leadership in the community will make him an asset to the bench.”

About the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association: OAPABA’s mission is:

Advancement: To promote the professional development and advancement of APA attorneys through education, research, and programs.

Advocacy: To act as a vehicle and forum for expressing opinion on matters of concern to APA attorneys in our communities.

Communication: To encourage and foster communicate among APA attorneys on issues affecting our work, communities, and government.

For more information, please contactcommunications@oapaba.org

About the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association:  NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and approximately 75 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

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