South Asian Bar Calls for Confirmation of Pakistani American Adeel Mangi to Third Circuit Court

By A Correspondent
Adeel Abdullah Mangi at his Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, Wednesday, December 13th, 2023. (Photo by Gaius Publius Scipio, CC license)

The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) is urging the Senate to confirm Adeel Mangi to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Mangi, a Pakistani American attorney, would be the first Muslim American Circuit Court judge in history if confirmed.

His confirmation is currently stalled due to opposition from some Republican and Democratic senators. SABA, along with 23 of its chapters, condemned the questioning Mangi faced during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Senators Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, and John Kennedy raised concerns about Mangi’s religious background and his association with certain groups. The Brennan Center called these questions irrelevant and “guilt by association” tactics.

Phil Brest, a White House official overseeing judicial nominations, emphasized Mangi’s 25-year legal career and qualifications. He highlighted Mangi’s work on religious freedom issues and his support for interfaith coalitions. The American Bar Association also gave Mangi its highest rating.

Democrats Senators Manchin, Cortez Masto, and Rosen have also expressed reservations about Mangi’s confirmation, citing concerns raised by law enforcement regarding his past affiliations. However, the White House maintains these concerns are unfounded.

New York-based Adeel Mangi is a Partner in Patterson Belknap’s Litigation department, where he focuses on complex commercial disputes. He has extensive experience trying “bet the company” and high-stakes cases before judges and juries in state and federal courts around the country. He has experience representing clients in a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical litigation and false advertising. 

Mr. Mangi serves on the Advisory Board of the Alliance of Families for Justice, which advocates on behalf of incarcerated individuals and their families. Mr. Mangi previously served on a variety of additional boards, including the Boards of Directors of the Muslim Bar Association of New York, the Legal Aid Society of New York, and Muslims for Progressive Values. He also served multiple terms as an ally Board Member for the National LGBT Bar Association.

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