Sri Srinivasan became the first South Asian American United States Circuit Judge on May 24, following a confirmation vote from the United States Senate of 97–0. Before becoming a judge, Srinivasan was the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, arguing 20 cases on behalf of the Obama administration in front of the Supreme Court. He was also a lecturer at Harvard Law School and has served as law clerk for Judge Harvie Wilkinson III and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
“Sri is a trailblazer who personifies the best of America,” said President Barack Obama in a statement released May 23. “Born in Chandigarh, India, and raised in Lawrence, Kan., Sri spent nearly two decades as an extraordinary litigator before serving as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. Now, he will serve with distinction on the federal bench.” (end)