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    by Senator Elizabeth Warren

    Posted on 2014-05-08

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    WARREN. Mr. President, earlier today the Senate confirmed Indira Talwani to fill a judicial vacancy on the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

    Ms. Talwani's nomination came after she was recommended to me for this position by the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations. The Advisory Committee is comprised of distinguished members of the Massachusetts legal community, including prominent academics and litigators, and is chaired by former Massachusetts district court judge Nancy Gertner. The Advisory Committee's recommendation reflects the strength of Ms. Talwani's resume, the exceptionally warm reviews she received from those who have worked with her, and the firm conviction of the Massachusetts legal community that she will make an excellent district court judge.

    Indira Talwani is the daughter of immigrants from India and Germany. She graduated with honors from Harvard University, and was later named Order of the Coif at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Immediately after law school, Ms. Talwani spent 1 year serving as a law clerk to Judge Stanley A. Weigel on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, building practical experience that will serve her well as a district court judge. She subsequently worked for several years as an associate and later as a partner at the firm Altschuler, Berzon, Nussbaum, Berzon & Rubin in San Francisco, before moving in 1999 to join Segal Roitman, LLP in Boston, where she is currently a partner.

    Ms. Talwani has an impressive track record as a litigator, having represented clients in matters before the Massachusetts State trial courts and appeals courts, as well as the district court to which she has been nominated, the Federal Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    In addition to her broad credentials and wide litigation experience, Ms. Talwani has developed particular expertise in legal issues that relate to employment. She is the associate editor of a treatise on the Family and Medical Leave Act compiled by the American Bar Association. Her work representing an investment advisor whistleblower who was allegedly retaliated against for reporting accounting irregularities to her supervisor earned her the distinction of being named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Top 10 Lawyers for 2010, and she recently won a victory in that case on appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Ms. Talwani is also committed to public service, providing pro bono representation to indigent clients. She has worked with Greater Boston Legal Services to ensure that low income clients have access to counsel.

    Ms. Talwani's nomination is strongly supported by the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts. Asian Americans are a fast- growing segment of our State's population, and that growth is reflected in our State bench--which currently has 10 Asian American judges. Remarkably, when confirmed, Ms. Talwani will be the first [[Page S2847]] individual of Asian descent to serve on the Federal bench in Massachusetts.

    Indira Talwani is a first-rate litigator with impressive credentials. Her unique professional and personal background will bring important perspective to the Federal bench in Massachusetts. I am proud to have recommended her to President Obama, and I have no doubt that she will have a long and distinguished career on as a member of the judiciary.


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