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PRESIDENT OBAMA NOMINATES 1st SOUTH ASIAN TO FEDERAL CIRCUIT COURT

June 11, 2012

For Immediate Release

June 11, 2012 – San Francisco

NASABA, THE NORTH AMERICAN SOUTH ASIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, APPLAUDS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA FOR NOMINATING PRINCIPAL DEPUTY SOLICITOR GENERAL SRI SRINIVASAN TO THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE D.C. CIRCUIT

NASABA, The North American South Asian Bar Association, welcomes the decision of President Barack Obama announced just minutes ago  to nominate Sri Srinivasan for an Article III U.S. Appellate Court judgeship. Srinivasan currently serves as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, and is a former member of the National Advisory Committee of NASABA.

NASABA President Jolsna John has advocated for the need for greater representation of the South Asian community in the nomination and appointment of federal judges with the Obama Administration.

The South Asian community comprises over 3.4 million people in the United States, yet there are only two South Asian Americans who currently serve as Article III judges in the entire nation.

Srinivasan is the first South Asian American to ever be nominated to a seat on a federal circuit court, and the first person of Asian descent to ever be nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which is considered by many to be the second most important court in the nation.

NASABA is proud that President Obama has recognized this critical need and strongly supports the nomination of Sri Srinivasan to the DC Circuit.

Srinivasan received a B.A. in human biology with Distinction and Honors from Stanford University. He also attended Stanford for his M.B.A. and J.D., where he graduated Order of the Coif and was Note Editor of the Stanford Law Review. After law school, Srinivasan completed two clerkships, with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He also served as a Bristow Fellow at the Office of the Solicitor General. Since then, he has spent time in both the public and private sectors, spending several years at the Washington, D.C. office of O’Melveny & Myers, where he was chair of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice and Hiring Partner for the office. He currently serves as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, and is one of the most experienced appellate advocates in the nation.

“We support the ongoing efforts of the Obama administration at increasing judicial diversity, and applaud President Obama for nominating such a well-qualified nominee to the D.C. Circuit”, said NASABA President Jolsna John, “Sri Srinivasan’s experience and background make him an ideal candidate for a position on this important court, and NASABA is proud to support his nomination.”

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NASABA, THE NORTH AMERICAN SOUTH ASIAN BAR ASSOCIATION

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

IKE DEVJI, J.D.

V.P. PUBLIC RELATIONS, NASABA

PublicRelations@nasaba.com

 

T (602) 808-5540

F (602) 808-5553

 

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