Indian-American Amit Priyavadan Mehta has been confirmed by the US Senate as a federal judge in the District of Columbia, becoming the first Asian Pacific American to occupy this important position.

His nomination was cleared by a voice vote along with over a dozen pending judicial nominations.

Nominated by US President Barack Obama in July this year, Mehta has been a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder since 2010, where he represents clients in civil and criminal matters before state and federal courts.

Mehta is a graduate of Georgetown University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and the University of Virginia School of Law, Order of the Coif.

He is also Vice President of the board of directors of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project.

Mehta was born in India and moved with his family to the US at the age of one.