Published: Jan 22, 2012 3:31 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Broward County's first Asian-American judge has been sworn into office.
 
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports Circuit Judge Raag Singhal was sworn in during a judicial robing ceremony at the state courthouse on Friday.
 
Singhal's parents emigrated from India to the U.S. in 1960. He said his parents had almost nothing when they arrived in Michigan.
 
Singhal was born three years later and grew up in New Jersey. He later moved to South Florida, where he became a well-known death penalty lawyer.
 
The judge says he hopes his appointment will encourage other minorities to consider a law profession.