US Supreme Court Justice top nominee: Who is Srikanth 'Sri' Srinivasan? Things you may not know about him
Indian-American judge Sri Srinivasan may be nominated to the US Supreme Court which would make him the first from the community to achieve the feat.
Washington DC: Indian-American judge Sri Srinivasan may be nominated to the US Supreme Court which would make him the first from the community to achieve the feat.
After Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest-serving justice on the high court, passed away, speculation has been rife that the 'moderate' judge might be nominated by US President Barack Obama. From education to legal background, here are few things to know about him:-
- Chandigarh-born Srikanth 'Sri' Srinivasan, 48, tops the list of prospective justice to the country's highest judicial body
- Sri Srinivasan is a member of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit - a traditional launching pad for Supreme Court nominees
- Srinivasan, an Indian-American, was a high school basketball star in Kansas before attending Stanford University, which he graduated from in 1989
Obama nominated him
- He was Obama's principal deputy solicitor general, most notably working on the successful fight against the Defence of Marriage Act
- US President Obama first nominated Srinivasan to the post in 2012, and the Senate confirmed him in May 2013
- Srinivasan was sworn in as judge of the second most powerful court of the US in 2013, making him the first Indian-American to be on the bench of the US Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Vast legal experience
- He also has experience on the other side of the aisle, serving as an assistant to the solicitor general during the George W Bush administration and as a clerk to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
- He was once a partner in the law firm O'Melvent & Myers
Roots in India
- Srinivasan's mother is from Chennai and father was from Tirunelveli
- His parents had migrated to the US in the 1960s
- Srinivasan was born in Chandigarh