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Telugu-origin woman named DC District Court judge | Hyderabad News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: An Indian-American, Rupa Ranga Puttagunta, figures in the list of individuals whom US President Joe Biden has nominated to the federal circuit and district court judge posts.

Judge Puttagunta, who is a Telugu, is a nominee for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, the White House announced on March 30. The 39-year-old is the youngest of all the 10 nominees for the posts.
“These highly-qualified candidates reflect the President’s deeply-held conviction that the federal bench should reflect the full diversity of the American people – both in background and in professional experience. These nominees consist of attorneys who have excelled in the legal field in a wide range of positions, including as renowned jurists, public defenders, prosecutors, in the private sector, in the military, and as public servants at all levels of government,” the White House announcement said.
Judge Puttagunta currently serves as an administrative judge for the D.C. Rental Housing Commission. Prior to joining the commission in 2019, Judge Puttagunta was a solo practitioner from 2013 to 2019, representing indigent criminal defendants in trial and on appeal. Before opening her own practice, Judge Puttagunta practised family and appellate law at Delaney McKinney, LLP from 2012 to 2013.
“While working on domestic relations matters in private practice, Judge Puttagunta also provided hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services by volunteering at D.C. Superior Court’s Family Court Self-Help Center and Attorney Negotiator Program and representing victims of domestic violence in DC Superior Court,” the White House said in a profile it released of her.
Judge Puttagunta began her legal career as a law clerk for Judge William M Jackson of the D.C. Superior Court from 2008 to 2010, as well as the senior judges of the D.C. Court of Appeals from 2010 to 2011. She received her J.D. from Ohio State Moritz College of Law in 2007 and her BA from Vassar College in 2002.
The Indian American community in the US has expressed happiness at the development. On her Linkedin profile, while listing her career details and education, Puttagunta listed ‘Telugu’ under her accomplishments.

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