The US Senate on 23 May 2013 approved Srikanth Srinivasan was as the most senior US Judge of the South Asian descent to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The unanimous approval of Srinivasan gave birth to speculations that one day he may be tapped for the Supreme Court.
Srinivasan born in Chandigarh, India and raised in Kansas is the first justice who has been confirmed to the Washington court since 2006 a year after Chief Justice John Roberts’ elevation created a vacancy. The senate confirmed his name to fill the vacancy created seven years ago by 97 votes in his favour.
About Srikanth Srinivasan
• He is the Principle Deputy Solicitor General and defends the policies of US President Barack Obama before the Supreme Court
• Earlier he has also worked under the former President, George W. Bush
• He is a proud recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering US National Security in 2003
• He also won Office of the Secretary of Defence Award for Excellence in 2005
• He is described as a trailblazer by the US President, Obama
• He is the first India-American to be appointed to the top American Court
• His nomination to the post for the first time was made by President, Barack Obama in June 2012, which was returned back to him on 2 January 2013 due to sine die adjournment of the senate. Obama re-nominated Srinivasan for the same position on 3 January 2013
• In 1989, he received his BA with honours from Stanford University and in 1995 received his Juris Doctor (JD) in 1995 from Stanford Law School. He was elected to Order of the Coif and further served as the editor of the Stanford Law Review
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