Sanket Bulsara was officially sworn in Nov. 2 as the Second Circuit judge during an investiture ceremony at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in downtown Brooklyn.
Upon being sworn in, Bulsara became the first Indian American judge for the Second Circuit, the Brooklyn Eagle Daily reported.
Bulsara has been serving in the position since August (see India-West article here). He was sworn in as a magistrate judge by the court’s Chief Judge Dora Irizarry while standing beside his wife Christine DeLorenzo, the report said.
His parents, Jayshukh and Aruna Bulsara, helped with the robing ceremony, the report added.
“Judge Bulsara is a living example of the American dream,” Irizarry said in the report. “He is the son of immigrants from India who instilled in him the love of learning, the value of hard work, respect for others, humility and the importance of public service.”
In citing Bulsara’s heritage, Irizarry said in the report, “It signals that there is fairness in the American system of justice and that the American dream is alive and well. It promotes respect for and confidence in our judiciary.”
Bulsara has previously served as the acting general counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and deputy general counsel for Appellate Litigation, Adjudication and Enforcement within the SEC, according to the report.
Bulsara, a native of the Bronx, was raised in Queens, N.Y., by his parents, who immigrated to the U.S. from India.
He earned a law degree from Harvard Law School in 2002 and went on to clerk for John G. Koeltl, U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York.
He later became an associate in the litigation department at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and then the manager of planning and data analysis at the New York City Department of Education, according to the publication.
Bulsara additionally worked at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP where he eventually rose to the rank of partner in 2012. He has also served as Special Kings County Assistant District Attorney while he was at Wilmer Hale and successfully tried felony and misdemeanor cases, the report noted.
Bulsara’s friends and colleagues at the ceremony portrayed him as a tenacious and excellent attorney who loves to debate and has a meticulous knowledge of civil procedure, the publication said.
The Indian American judge’s speech was half speech-half letter to his mother that explained how he became a judge, it added.
He said that his first rule is that every case is important. He also discussed how his wife helped him to prepare for the job as federal magistrate judge.
“I’m lucky, honored and humbled to work in this courthouse,” Bulsara said, according to the report. “I’m humbled to serve the people of this district and to call these distinguished magistrate judges and judges my colleagues and friends. Today a skinny kid whose parents grew up in a foreign land gets to live his dream and be a federal court judge.”