Washington D.C. (May 16, 2013) — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the judicial nominations of Sri Srinivasan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in an 18-0 vote and the nomination of Raymond T. Chen to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by voice vote. Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements lauding the committee’s votes:
Srikanth Srinivasan was born in Chandigarh, India, and immigrated to the United States with his parents and two younger sisters as a child. He grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, before attending Stanford University for both undergraduate and graduate schools, earning a B.A. in human biology, an M.B.A., and a J.D. After graduating, he clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, served as a Bristow Fellow at the Office of the Solicitor General, and clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court. His career has included experience in private practice at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers and public service at the Solicitor General’s Office.
Raymond Chen currently serves as the deputy general counsel for intellectual property law and solicitor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He began his career at the USPTO as an Associate Solicitor in 1998. Mr. Chen has received numerous awards for his service, including: the Gold Medal Award, U.S. Department of Commerce (2011); the Bronze Medal Award, U.S. Department of Commerce (2005); and Attorney of the Year, Office of the Solicitor (2002). He previously worked as a technical assistant at the Federal Circuit from 1996 to 1998, and as a scientist at Hecker & Harriman in Los Angeles. Chen is a graduate of New York University School of Law and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair: “As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this May, I am thrilled that the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nominations of two outstanding Asian American judicial nominees: Sri Srinivasan and Raymond T. Chen. Both individuals are distinguished public servants who will make strong additions to the federal bench. I urge Senate Majority Leader Reid to bring their nominations to the floor for a full vote and move swiftly on their confirmations.”
Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Chair Emeritus: “Today’s historic votes for Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan – who would become the first South Asian on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the nation’s second-most powerful court – and Raymond Chen to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, are a victory for our nation. I thank the Senate Judiciary Committee for taking not one, but two, giant steps toward a more equitable representation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on the federal bench. I also applaud the President for their nominations and his unwavering commitment to diversity that truly reflects America. Today’s votes move us closer to a judiciary that better mirrors the nation it serves.”
Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07): “I’m so pleased that the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Sri Srinivasan’s appointment to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Now, I hope that Majority Leader Reid will swiftly bring the appointment to the Senate floor for a vote. Sri is widely regarded as one of the best legal minds in the country, and his breadth of experience makes him extremely well-suited for the appointment to one of our country’s most important courts. I’m also glad Raymond T. Chen’s appointment was approved. He is a highly-qualified public servant and would make a great addition to the federal court system. These appointments would be historic for the Indian American and broader Asian American communities. Representation of Asian Americans within our judicial system is overdue.
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently Chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.