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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2013
NAPABA Contact: Emily Chatterjee (202) 775-9555
AAJC Contact: Nicole Duran (202) 499-7027
NAPABA AND AAJC APPLAUD CONFIRMATION OF SRI SRINIVASAN
Srinivasan Becomes First South Asian American
Federal Appellate Court Judge In Nation's History
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate
voted 97 to 0 to confirm Srikanth ("Sri") Srinivasan as a judge on the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr.
Srinivasan is both the first South Asian American federal appellate
court judge in the history of the United States and the first Asian
Pacific American to serve on the D.C. Circuit.
"We are deeply gratified that the
Senate has confirmed Mr. Srinivasan today," said Wendy C. Shiba,
president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
(NAPABA). "Given that over 3.5 million South Asian Americans live in
the United States, it is particularly noteworthy that Mr. Srinivasan has
made history by becoming the first-ever South Asian American federal
appellate court judge. Moreover, the D.C. Circuit long has been
recognized as one of the most important courts in the country. The
presence of an Asian Pacific American on that court gives testament to
the strides made by the Asian Pacific American community in recent
years. It is a fitting and momentous way to conclude and celebrate
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month."
Mr. Srinivasan is an attorney of
exceptional accomplishment and merit who has received highest praise
from all segments of the legal community. Numerous federal judges
(including Justice Sandra Day O'Connor), former government officials,
and professors have lauded Mr. Srinivasan's legal skills, intellect, and
integrity. 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." They all have concluded that Srinivasan will be an
"excellent" or "tremendous" appellate court judge. Until his
confirmation, he served as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the
United States, where he regularly appeared before the U.S. Supreme
Court. He previously served as a partner and Chair of the Supreme Court
and appellate practice for the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
"Sri Srinivasan is an exceptional
attorney with a long history of work in civil rights," said Mee Moua,
president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center
(AAJC), member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice. "In
private practice he handled some of the most important Supreme Court
cases pro bono for AAJC and for the greater civil rights community. We
congratulate him on his historic confirmation and look forward to his
tenure on the D.C. Circuit."
Mr. Srinivasan is Indian by birth,
Kansan at heart, and all American in story. He was born in Chandigarh,
India, and immigrated to the United States as a child with his parents
and two younger sisters. Mr. Srinivasan grew up in Lawrence, Kansas,
where his father was a professor of mathematics at the University of
Kansas, and his mother taught at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Throughout his upbringing, Mr. Srinivasan attended public schools in
Kansas. In high school, he was very active in sports and music,
including playing on the high school varsity basketball team. He
became, and to this day remains, a die-hard University of Kansas
With Mr. Srinivasan's confirmation,
three Asian Pacific Americans will sit as federal appellate court judges
out of approximately 175 nationwide. All three have been nominated and
confirmed in the last four years. One additional Asian Pacific American
federal appellate court nominee remains pending before the U.S. Senate
at this time – Raymond Chen, who has been nominated to the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
NAPABA and AAJC are proud to have
supported Mr. Srinivasan. We thank President Obama for nominating Mr.
Srinivasan, and commend the U.S. Senate for the noteworthy bipartisan
support that he received during the confirmation process.
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 state and local Asian Pacific American bar
associations. Its members include 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
the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in
the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant
sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color
in the legal profession.
The Asian American Justice Center (www.advancingequality.org), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (www.advancingjustice.org), works closely with the other Advancing Justice members - the Asian American Institute in Chicago (www.aaichicago.org), the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco (www.asianlawcaucus.org) and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles (www.apalc.org)
- 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.