WASHINGTON (April 10, 2013) — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its confirmation hearing for Sri Srinivasan, nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. President Obama originally nominated Srinivasan on June 11, 2012. He was renominated on Jan. 4, shortly after Obama was sworn in for his second term.
Srinivasan’s hearing was led by Sen. Chris Coons from Delaware and attended by members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Out of 175 Article III circuit court judgeships, only two are Asian Americans-Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Jacquelyn Nguyen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. If confirmed, Srinivasan would be the first Indian American on the U.S. Court of Appeals.
“The D.C. Circuit is the second most important court in America,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center, member of Asian Americans for Advancing Justice. “Sri is eminently qualified and has broad-based support from the Asian American and greater legal community. I cannot think of a nominee who is better suited to serve on that court.”
Srinivasan is the principal deputy solicitor general at the Justice Department. Born in Chandigarh, India, he immigrated to the United States with his parents and two younger sisters as a child, later becoming a naturalized citizen. Raised in Lawrence, Kan., he attended Stanford Law School. Srinivasan is recognized as one of nation’s top litigators and has argued 24 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Sri has an all-American inspiring story,” said Moua. “We are urging the Senate Judiciary Committee members to move quickly on this bipartisan supported nominee and to vote him out quickly and for Senate leadership to give Sri a yes-or-no vote as soon as possible.”
Srinivasan received a unanimous rating of “well qualified” from the American Bar Association–its highest rating. His nomination has received praise from leading Democratic and Republican lawyers, including Paul Clement, Ken Starr, Ted Olson, Walter Dellinger, Drew Days and Neal Katyal. He is also strongly supported by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and North American South Asian American Bar Association (NASABA).