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NRI Manpreet Monica Singh has been elected as Harris County
Judge in US As First Female Sikh Judge

Los Angeles, Jan.09, 2023 A.Gary Singh

NRI Sikh woman Manpreet Monica Singh has been appointed as a Harris county judge in the U.S. She is the first female Sikh judge in the US. The ceremony was presided over by Indian American Judge Ravi Sandill, Texas’ first south Asian judge, in a packed courtroom.

Singh was born and raised in Houston. Her father immigrated to the US in the early 1970s. Currently, Singh lives in Bellaire with her husband and two children.

She was Appointed as a judge of the Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 4 in Texas on Friday. She was a trial lawyer for 20 years and has been involved in numerous civil rights organisations at the local, state, and national levels. At the oath ceremony,

Monica said “It means a lot to me because I represent H-town the most, so for it to be us, I’m happy for it.”

Houston Mayor’s remarks on Singh’s appointment-

  • “It was a proud day for the Sikh Community, and also a proud day for all the people of Colour who see the Diversity of the City of Houston in the Diversity of the Court.”

About Manpreet Monica Singh

  • Singh was born and raised in Houston and currently lives in Bellaire with her spouse and two children. Her father immigrated to the US in the early 1970s.
  • Singh was raised in Northwest Houston and attended Klein Forest High School, the University of Texas at Austin, and the South Texas College of Law.
  • In 2010, she was a runner-up for Houston Young Lawyers Association Most Outstanding Attorney, and in 2017,
  • She won the South Asian Bar Association Distinguished Member Award.
  • She is on the board of directors of the ACLU of Texas, the Texas Lyceum, and the Sikh Coalition, where she also serves as a trustee.
  • She also serves as a chapter representative for the exclusive American Board of Trial Advocates.
  • She is also an ongoing lecturer for the Texas Bar CLE classes, where she was awarded the Texas Diversity Champion Award in 2018.
  • Singh also received a nationwide Passion for Excellence Award, graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy, and completed the Leadership Houston program.
  • She also served on Mayor Turner’s transition team and as a liaison with the Department of Homeland Security.
  • She says that when she started her career in law, the profession was dominated by white men, and most of them even had trouble pronouncing her name.
  • Her father and brother also faced discrimination and Singh has always tried to find a resolution and bring about change.
  • As a child, she was interested in history, particularly the civil rights movement.
  • She says that it was a big deal for her to see people bring a change. So rather than pursuing engineering or medicine like most children from typical Sikh families in the US at that time, she chose to become a lawyer.