Washington: US President Joe Biden on Thursday withdrew the nomination of Indian-American advocate Vijay Shanker to be an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Shanker was renominated for this top judiciary position by former
Former President Donald Trump on January 2 had renominated Shanker for this top judiciary position, two months after he lost the presidential elections and just a little over a fortnight before Joe Biden had sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20.
The withdrawal notification was sent to the Senate along with more than 30 names including Shanker's, mostly the judicial appointments announced during the last months of the Trump administration.
Trump had earlier announced his nomination last June. Currently, Shankar serves as Senior Litigation Counsel in the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, and as Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section.
Before joining the Department of Justice in 2012, Shanker was working in private practice with the Washington, DC, offices of Mayer Brown, LLC and Covington & Burling, LLP.
Following graduation from law school, Shanker served as a law clerk to Judge Chester J. Straub on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Shanker completed his bachelors, cum laude, from Duke University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as a Notes Editor for the Virginia Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.