I want to give a voice to the voiceless. Those were
the words of Seema Singh, New Jerseys newly-appointed Public
Advocate, the first Indian ever to hold a cabinet post in the
states government. When asked what advice she might have
for other Indians striving to reach high government positions, she
replied: Go for it. Ive broken the ice, especially for
Seema Singh received her bachelors in zoology from Calcutta
University in 1983.. She received a bachelors degree in business
from Rutgers University in 1988, where she was also the recipient
of the William A. Raimond Award for the highest GPA in the School
of Business. She received her law degree from Seton Hall University
School of Law in 1995
Born of Punjabi parents, Singh was raised in Asansol in West Bengal.
I never wanted to take up the sciences, but I did it
to please my parents, says Singh, speaking of her zoology
degree from Calcutta University. Her sister Kiran, a teacher, brought
her to New Jersey.
Seema Singh, 40, is originally from Asansol, West Bengal, and worked
as a lawyer in the Litigation and International Law Department of
Pepper Hamilton, LLP. Her practice was primarily in the areas of
international and domestic litigation, mediation and arbitration,
including commercial contracts.
Singh is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and Princeton
Bar Association. She is a founding member of both the Hindu International
Council Against Defamation and the Asian Indian Womens Association.
Singh also serves on the Legal Committee Council with the Federation
of Indian Associations and on the board of directors of the Delaware
Valley Girl Scouts. She is vice president of the Asian Indian Chamber
of Commerce and is active in the Mercer County Inns of Court.
The U.S. is a good country, she said. With the
commitment, hard work and loyalty we Indians have, we can achieve
anything we set out to do. Asked what advice she might have
for other Indians striving to reach lofty government positions,
she replied: Go for it. Ive broken the ice, especially
for Indian women.
Singh added that McGreevey visited India a few years ago and went
to the Golden Temple in Amritsar and the Somnath Temple in Gujarat.
He gifted me a model of the Golden Temple last Christmas,