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NASABA PRESS RELEASE on Srinivasan Re-nomination

January 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2012
NASABA Contact: Salman Azam , V.P. of Public Relations
(312) 324-3244

NASABA APPLAUDS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S RE-NOMINATION OF SRI SRINIVASAN, THE FIRST SOUTH ASIAN NOMINATED TO FEDERAL CIRCUIT COURT.

 The North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA), applauds the decision of President Barack Obama earlier today to re-nominate Sri Srinivasan to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  Srinivasan, a former member of the National Advisory Committee of NASABA, currently serves as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, and was already a federal judicial nominee to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

NASABA has long advocated for greater representation of the South Asian community on the federal bench and strongly supports the re-nomination of Sri Srinavasan.  Although the South Asian community is comprised of nearly 3 million people in the United States, 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.

“We support the commitment of the current administration to increase judicial diversity, and commend President Obama for re-affirming his prior nomination of such a well-qualified and deserving nominee to the D.C. Circuit,” said NASABA President Emilie Ninan.

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 clerked for 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, Srinivasan 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, and currently serves as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. Srinivasan, having argued 20 cases before the Supreme Court, is one of the most experienced appellate advocates in the nation.

NASABA is a voluntary bar organization with 25 chapters in the United States and Canada.  NASABA serves as a recognized forum for professional growth and advancement for South Asian attorneys in North America and seeks to protect the rights and liberties of the South Asian community at large across the continent.   For more information, please visit us at www.nasaba.org or on facebook or LinkedIn.

 

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