US NRI judge receives public service award

INGENupanditQueens County New York’s Assistant District Attorney and newly elected Civil Court Judge Ushir Pandit-Durant has been honoured with the ‘South Asian Public Service Award, by the Office of Immigrant Affairs, under the Queens District Attorney Richard. She has now become the first recipient of a US public award in recognition of her contributions in the field of law.

The award was presented to Judge Pandit-Durant to coincide with the festival of Diwali, by the office of the Queens District Attorney.

Earlier this month Pandit-Durant became the first South Asian-American elected to a judgeship in Queens County.

The Judge and her family emigrated from India to the US when she was 10, and she went on to excel at school and in her legal career. She attended the New York Law School and in 1987 joined the Queen’s District Attorney’s Office.

A 15-year veteran appellate attorney, Pandit Durant was elected to the New York City Civil Court and in January next year she will join the honoured ranks of the judiciary.