National Asian Pacific
1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2013
Contact: Emily Chatterjee
NAPABA SUBMITS TESTIMONY AND URGES SWIFT CONFIRMATION
OF SRI SRINIVASAN TO BECOME THE FIRST INDIAN AMERICAN
FEDERAL APPELLATE COURT JUDGE IN THE NATION'S HISTORY
WASHINGTON, DC - In anticipation of tomorrow's Senate
Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on the nomination of Srikanth
"Sri" Srinivasan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) submitted
testimony in strong support of Srinivasan's confirmation. If confirmed,
he will be the first Indian American to serve as a federal appellate
court judge in the nation's history. He also would be the first Asian
Pacific American to serve on the D.C. Circuit.
As noted in NAPABA's testimony, the nomination is
especially important to the Asian Pacific American community, given that
out of the approximately 175 active federal appellate court judges,
there are currently only two who are Asian Pacific American. Moreover,
the fact that over 3.1 million Indian Americans live in the United
States, the lack of any Indian American federal appellate court judge is
Srinivasan has received extremely high praise from
all segments of the legal community. The list includes numerous federal
judges (including Justice Sandra Day O'Connor), former government
officials, and professors. These individuals include officials and
judges appointed by the Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W.
Bush, and Obama Administrations. They invariably have described
Srinivasan as "a tremendous lawyer," "one of the very smartest, most
talented," and "especially gifted." All of them state that Srinivasan
will be an "excellent" or "tremendous" appellate court judge.
NAPABA urges for Srinivasan's prompt confirmation. As
NAPABA's testimony stated, "Sri Srinivasan would make an immediate
contribution as a federal circuit judge. His qualifications, integrity,
intellect, and commitment to the justice system are unquestionable. He
also brings with him an all-American life story that is inspiring."
A copy of NAPABA's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee can be found here.
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 63 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
people of color in the legal profession.