AMUL Roger Thapar, 49, may very well become the first American of South Asian descent to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court judge.
He was born in Detroit, Michigan and has served in government as well as private practice.
In 2007, Thapar was the first American of South Asian descent to be named to an Article III federal judgeship.
Thapar was handpicked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to serve as the US attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. In 2006, he went on to a seat on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, according to CNN that says he’s one of the possible contenders to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced on Wednesday that he will retire.
On March 21, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Thapar to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Thapar was on the list of 21 names then-presidential candidate Trump publicized for an earlier Supreme Court vacancy.
Thapar was educated at Boston College and Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.
Law clerk, S. Arthur Spiegel, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1994-1996
Law clerk, Nathaniel R. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1996-1997
Adjunct professor, University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1995-1997, 2002-2006
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1997-1999
Trial advocacy instructor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1999-2000
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, 1999-2000
General counsel, Equalfooting.com, 2000-2001
Private practice, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001-2002
Assistant U.S. attorney, Southern District of Ohio, 2002-2006
U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 2006-2007