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SABA NORTH AMERICA and IABA celebrate Manish Shah's confirmation to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Monday, May 05, 2014 4:50 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

CHICAGO (APRIL 30, 2014) – The South Asian Bar Association of (“SABA”) North America and the Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago (IABA) congratulate Manish Shah on his confirmation to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, where he previously served as a law clerk. The Senate approved him unanimously. “Manish Shah’s unanimous confirmation demonstrates, yet again, what an extraordinary pool of talent we have in our community,” stated Nadeem Bezar, President of SABA North America.

“Mr. Shah’s confirmation as the first South Asian American federal judge in Illinois represents another significant milestone for our community. We look forward to his service on the bench and applaud the president and the US Senate for nominating and confirming him,” said Tejas Shah, President of IABA. Judge Shah is the first Article III South Asian judge in Illinois.

Manish Shah currently serves as the Chief of the Criminal Division at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, where he has worked since 2001. His decision to spend almost his entire career in the U.S. Attorney’s office demonstrates a dedication to public service. Additionally, he has given back to new attorneys by teaching at the National Advocacy Center and instructing at a legal aid workshop at the University of Chicago.

Judge Shah received his J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1998, and his B.A. with honors, and with distinction, from Stanford University in 1994. He began his legal career as a Litigation Associate at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe in San Francisco, CA where he represented clients in commercial and antitrust litigation, and subsequently clerked for Hon. James B. Zagel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Neil C. Maskeri

Vice President of Public Relations

South Asian Bar Association of North America


SABA North America (formerly NASABA/North American South Asian Bar Association) is a voluntary bar organization and serves as an umbrella organization to 26 chapters in the United States and Canada. SABA North America is a recognized forum for professional growth and advancement for South Asian attorneys in North America and seeks to protect the rights and liberties of the South Asian community across the continent. Learn more at


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