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North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) Congratulate Rachel K. Paulose in New Role as United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota


Washington, D.C.– The North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) commends Rachel K. Paulose in her first weeks as the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota.

Her appointment, announced by the United States Department of Justice in February, is exciting news for thousands of South Asian legal professionals throughout the country. NASABA, supporting the interests of 5,000 South Asian Americans lawyers, recognizes the significance of this appointment and applauds the government for its decision to choose Ms. Paulose. She was selected to fill the post following the resignation of Thomas B. Heffelfinger.

“Ms. Paulose’s appointment is a watershed moment for the South Asian American legal community,” said NASABA President Sabita Singh. “We applaud President Bush’s recognition of her eminent qualifications to serve the people of Minnesota and the nation as United States Attorney.”

Few South Asians hold high ranking legal posts in the United States Department of Justice and Ms. Paulose is the first South Asian to be a U.S. Attorney for Minnesota. She joins a handful of South Asians who have achieved some of the highest positions in the American legal system. Last spring, NASABA celebrated the appointment of Sanjay T. Kumar to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and will soon be marking its celebration of Dilip Singh Saund, the first South Asian American to serve in the U.S. Congress and a former justice of the peace in Westmorland, California.

Ms. Paulose, 32, a native of Egan, Minnesota, returned from Washington, D.C. to her home state to serve as U.S. Attorney in early March. She is overseeing the Minnesota District’s criminal and civil litigation, corporate fraud enforcement, and policy matters. In December 2005, she began serving as the United States Department of Justice’s Special Counsel for Health Care Fraud, and as Senior Counsel to Acting Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty. Before that, she maintained a private practice from 2002 to 2006, and worked as an attorney at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, specializing in health care litigation.

News of her appointment attracted national interest, as few lawyers earn the post of U.S. Attorney while in their early thirties. Paulose, summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota, Ms. Paulose was Phi Beta Kappa and a Truman Scholar. Additionally, she was the Chair of the Student Representatives to the Board of Regents, and a participant in the President’s Distinguished Faculty Mentor Program, which allowed her to work with Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice A.M. (Sandy) Keith. Ms. Paulose earned her J.D. from Yale Law School where she was a Coker Fellow. She was Editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, and a Board Member of the Asian American Students’ Association and the Yale Law Christian Fellowship. She began her legal career in Minneapolis in 1997 as a clerk for the Honorable James B. Loken, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Ms. Paulose serves on the board of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and as vice president for the Eighth Circuit. She also served on the Board of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Asian-Pacific Bar Association.

The National American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) advocates for the South Asian community; promotes alliances between South Asian legal professionals in the United States and Canada; supports those who value diversity in the legal profession; assists law students, and those interested in the law, with developing contacts with practitioners; provides information to members on careers and the legal market; and provides an avenue for professionals and other community leaders to take an interest in matters of concern to the South Asian community.


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