The Honorable Alka Sagar

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Department 540

Biography

The Hon. Alka Sagar is a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division. She was appointed to the District Court in 2013 and at the time held the distinction of being the first female Indian American federal judge to serve in the nation. She filled the vacancy created by the elevation of the Hon. Fernando M. Olguin to Article III Judge.

Judge Sagar graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1984.

Sagar joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California in 1987. She quickly rose from assistant U.S. Attorney to deputy chief of the USAO's Major Crimes Section beginning in 1991 and then became the deputy chief of their Major Frauds Section in 2001. During her twenty-six year tenure with the USAO, Sagar contributed to the prosecution and supervision of complex fraud, money laundering, and criminal tax matters at every stage of the legal process from discovery to appeals.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Sagar practiced as an attorney at two Los Angeles law firms. She also served as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles County Superior Court from 2004 to 2006.

Sagar received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service for her work in prosecuting several doctors and attorneys involved in a kickback scheme.

She has served with Project Lead, teaching inner-city children about the legal system and has also served on the board of directors of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California.

Judge Sagar was born in Uganda. She immigrated to the United States with her parents by way of Canada, where she had lived since she was five years old. Sagar's grandparents, who were from North India, moved to East Africa in the early 1900s to help build the railroad for the British colonies.