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Srikanth "Sri" Srinivasan's Nomination To US Court Of Appeals

Meet Srikanth "Sri" Srinivasan nominated by President Obama on June 11, 2012 to the US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia circuit. This particular DC circuit court is known as a launch pad to the US Supreme Court. The results of the confirmation will most likely be known by end of 2012.


  1. Currently Srinivasan is the principal deputy solicitor general in the Department of Justice. He was appointed in 2011. The nomination to the DC circuit court is just the beginning of a long process before Srinivasan's confirmation comes through provided there are no major hitches.
  2. Twitter, as usual, was way ahead of other news outlets, and here are a bunch of tweets about Srinivasan's nomination by President Obama.
  3. What is the significance of President Obama's nomination of Srinivasan to the US Court of Appeals, DC circuit? 

    For starters, this Washington court handles disputes over federal policy and is a launch pad for US Supreme Court justices as the Reuters article below points out.

  4. Srinivasan's nomination to the the US Court of Appeals, DC circuit is an important development for the South Asian community in the US. This is the first time a South Asian (#desi) has been nominated to this DC Court. There are a handful of high-profile South Asian lawyers, but none have been nominated to this court.
  5. Srinivasan clerked with Stanford alum Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who shared her thought's on his nomination to the DC circuit court.
  6. @JeffreyToobin in his New Yorker article "O'Connor and Her Clerk" underscores the importance of Srinivasan's nomination to the US Court of Appeals, which is "often described as the second most important court in the nation. (Chief Justice Roberts, Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Ginsburg all served on the D.C. Circuit before being named to the Supreme Court." 

    And what does Judge O'Connor think of Srinvasan's nomination in Toobin's article?
     “I just remember him as being a very skilled, intellectually gifted clerk,” O’Connor said.
  7. Srinivasan worked in a private law firm for many years before being appointed as the principal deputy solicitor general in the Department of Justice in 2011. "Srinivasan has argued 17 cases before the Supreme Court, chalking up wins inHertz Corp. v. Friend and Skilling v. US during the 2009 term," according to The Blog of Legal Times. 

  8. In 2011 Srinvasan was nominated to the US Solicitor General's office and appointed Deputy Solicitor General. His appointment came right after acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal resigned from his post and headed back to private law practice. Srinivasan, on the other hand, went from the private law firm of O'Melveny & Myers, where he was a partner.

    Srinivasan was born in Chandigarh in India.He moved to the US as a kid and grew up in Kansas. He went to Stanford University from where he got his BA, MBA and law degrees. He has taught at Harvard University. 

    His sister is Srinija "Ninja" Srinivasan, one of the early members of Yahoo! and handpicked by the co-founders to join their startup during the dotcom boom on the 1990s. Ninja was the editor-in-chief of Yahoo! when she left the company in 2010.