Obama nominates Muslim American for federal bench

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Lao National Cultural Hall in Vientiane, Laos, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated a Washington, D.C., attorney for the federal bench. If confirmed, he would be the first Muslim American to serve as a federal judge.

Obama has nominated Abid Riaz Qureshi of Maryland for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.Qureshi’s bio at Latham & Watkins LLP says he specializes in cases involving fraud and securities violations.

An advocacy group called Muslim Advocates is applauding the nomination, saying that diversity helps ensure the fair administration of the law, and it is vital for Muslims to be included.

However, Senate confirmation is uncertain. Congress is in an abbreviated session, and the Senate is scheduled to meet only until the first week in October.

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