NEW YORK: Indian American Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan, who is currently the principal deputy solicitor general of the US, is one step closer to being nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved his nomination to the job. Now the full Senate will review his nomination.
If he wins the approval by the Senate, 46-year-old Srinivasan, who was born in Chandigarh, will become the first judge of South Asian origin to join the US Courts of Appeal in Washington DC.
“If confirmed, Srinivasan would be the first ever South Asian American to serve on any federal appellate court. We are extremely excited and look forward to his confirmation given his stellar reputation and credentials,’’ said ” says John Yang of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Srinivasan, who was appointed to his current job, has been backed by the Obama White House for the nomination.
“Srinivasan’s confirmation will be an important first step to filling this court’s four vacancies, and the full Senate should act without unnecessary delay,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney.
The prestigious US Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit is considered a stepping stone to the US Supreme Court. It is considered prestigious because it reviews legal challenges and decision of the US government.
So if Srinivasan is nominated to the US Courts of Appeal, there is a possibility that he could some day be a nominee for the US Supreme Court if any vacancy arises as he is rated as one of the best appellate advocates in the country.
Srinivasan, who was born in Chandigarh on Feb. 23, 1967, and grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, did his B.A. with distinction from Stanford University in 1989 and later his J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School.
Indian American Congressman Ami Bera has already thrown his weight behind Srinivasan .
“His appointment would make history and be a proud moment for the Indian American and broader Asian American communities, and his qualifications are indisputable. He should be speedily confirmed by the US Senate,” Congressman Bera has said.
Bera himself is the only third Indian American Congressman after Dalip Singh Saund and Bobby Jindal.