Judge Sri Srinivasan is the first Indian-American to chair a powerful federal circuit court

Team SoOLEGAL 22 Feb 2020 4:02pm

Judge Sri Srinivasan is the first Indian-American to chair a powerful federal circuit court

Sri Srinivasan, a prominent Indian-American judge, has made history by becoming the first person of South Asian origin to head an influential federal circuit court, which is considered to be next only to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Justice Srinivasan, 52 years old, became the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. On February 12, a candidate appointed by Obama, who had already been appointed to the Supreme Court twice gave the mantle of Chief Justice of the DC Federal Court Circuit.

Sri Srinivasan succeeds Judge Merrick Garland, who has been a judge of the DC Circuit since 1997 and Chief Judge since 2013. He's going to stay on the bench, a press release said.

Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court by then-president Barack Obama was rejected by the Republican Senate in 2016.

In May 2013, Justice Srinivasan was appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia.

He was the first Indian-American ever to be appointed to the second most powerful court in the United States.

Neomi Rao, nominated by President Donald Trump, is the second Indian American to serve on this influential judiciary bench.

"Congratulations to Judge Sri Srinivasan on becoming the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit! A milestone for the Indian-American/Kansan community” US Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai said.

"History being made on the DC Court of Appeals. Congratulations, Judge Srinivasan!" said by senator Mark Warner.

According to The Washington Post, Srinivasan recently spoke about his way to the bench at a women's law event, a field in which men often control leadership positions.

He was born in Chandigarh and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, he procured a B.A degree from Stanford University, J.D from Stanford Law School, and M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

From 2011 until his appointment to the US Court of Appeal, justice Srinivasan served as Deputy Principal Solicitor General of the United States.

He has argued 25 appeals before the Supreme Court of the United States. He has also taught activism at Harvard Law School as well as a conference on civil rights legislation and the Supreme Court at Georgetown University Law Center.

Tagged: Judge Sri Srinivasan   Indian-American judge   federal circuit court   Supreme Court   United States Court   Judge Merrick Garland  
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