Indian-American Deepa Ambekar appointed interim Civil Court judge in NYC
Indian-American Deepa Ambekar has been appointed as the interim judge to the Civil Court of New York City, becoming the second Indian-American woman judge in the city after Chennai-born Raja Rajeswari. Ambekar, 41, will be serving in Criminal Court, stated the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The mayor also announced the reappointment of three Family Court judges. Here's more.
"Every New Yorker deserves access to a fair and equitable justice system and I know these judges will ensure due process is afforded to all who come before their court," said Bill de Blasio.
Ambekar served with New York City Council for three years as Senior Legislative Attorney and Counsel to the Committee on Public Safety. Prior to that, she was a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, and a litigation associate at a private firm. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Rutgers Law School.
In 2015, Rajeswari was sworn in as a Criminal Court judge, becoming the first India-born woman to be appointed a judge in the city. Rajeswari, who had immigrated to the US from India as a teenager, previously worked with the Richmond County District Attorney's Office for her entire career in several bureaus including Criminal Court, Narcotics, Supreme Court, and Sex Crimes Special Victims Bureau.