FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2012
NAPABA Contact: Emily Chatterjee (202) 775-9555
AAJC Contact: Leonie Campbell-Williams (443) 803-1465
ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN LEADERS APPLAUD NOMINATION OF
SRI SRINIVASAN TO THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE D.C. CIRCUIT
WASHINGTON - Today, President Obama nominated Sri Srinivasan to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Srinivasan currently serves as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, the second highest position at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General, where he regularly represents the United States before the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Srinivasan will be the first Asian Pacific American in history to serve on the D.C. Circuit, and the first South Asian American ever to serve as a federal circuit court judge.
"Sri Srinivasan is an exemplary attorney who has the judgment, experience, and temperament to be an outstanding addition to the D.C. Circuit," said Nimesh M. Patel, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). "NAPABA is extremely pleased that President Obama has nominated Mr. Srinivasan to the bench, and we plan to work with the Senate to ensure that he is confirmed to the D.C. Circuit as soon as possible. This is truly a historic nomination."
Sri 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, where his life-long love of basketball and the University of Kansas was born. He attended Stanford University for both undergraduate and graduate schools, graduating with a B.A. in human biology, an M.B.A., and a J.D. After law school, 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 then clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court. He has spent his career alternating between stints in private practice at the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers and public service at the Solicitor General's Office.
"We commend the President on nominating Sri Srinivasan to the D.C. Circuit," said Mee Moua, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center, member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice. "Mr. Srinivasan is one of the nation's most experienced appellate attorneys and he clearly possesses the credentials and experience to serve with distinction on this important court."
NAPABA and AAJC applaud President Obama for this historic nomination and his long-standing commitment to nominating well-qualified, diverse candidates to the federal judiciary. Since 2009, President Obama has more than doubled the number of Asian Pacific American Article III judges. Still, Asian Pacific Americans are significantly underrepresented in the federal judiciary. There are currently only two active Asian Pacific American federal appellate judges in the entire nation, and only six Asian Pacific Americans have ever served on the federal courts of appeal in American history.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 64 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.
The Asian American Justice Center (www.advancingequality.org), a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, works closely with its affiliate organizations - the Asian American Institute in Chicago (www.aaichicago.org), the Asian Law Caucus (www.asianlawcaucus.org) in San Francisco and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (www.apalc.org) in Los Angeles - to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.