Obama makes history, nominates first Muslim to federal bench
HANGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 05: US President Barack Obama speaks to media after the G20 closing at JW Marriott Hotel on September 5, 2016 in Hangzhou, China. World leaders are gathered in Hangzhou for the 11th G20 Leaders Summit from September 4 to 5. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Qureshi is currently a partner at a D.C. law firm.
According to its website, Qureshi is the global chairman of the firm's Pro Bono Committee. He specializes in securities violations, False Claims Act liability and health care fraud. He is also a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association's Legal Ethics Committee.
He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.
However, it's unlikely Qureshi will be confirmed before the end of Obama's term.
The Senate Judiciary Committee hasn't held a nomination hearing for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Obama nominated Garland in March. After that, Republicans on the committee sent a letter to the Senate majority leader saying they wouldn't hold a hearing for any Supreme Court nominee until the next president is sworn in. And political-watchers don't think it will be any different for a federal judge.