PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal prosecutor has resigned as chair of the Multnomah Bar Association’s equity, diversity and inclusion committee after opinion pieces he wrote while in college mocking multiculturalism surfaced.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports board members pressured Ryan Bounds to step down after news of his past works broke.

Bounds submitted his resignation on Tuesday, four days after he sent committee members an email apologizing for his “misguided sentiments.”

The progressive judicial advocacy group Alliance for Justice criticized Bounds’ writing pieces in a report shortly after the Trump administration nominated him to fill a judicial vacancy in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In his resignation letter, Bounds says he wished the board judged him based on the work has done with them, instead of writing from decades ago.

Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com