Indian-American 'trailblazer' to become top judge

By James Barnes

11 April 2013 at 11:06 BST

Chandigarh-born lawyer Srikanth 'Sri' Srinivasan is poised to become the first South Asian judge in a US appeals court, according to media reports today.

Washington DC: judge appointment expected

Mr Srinivasan - described by President Barack Obama as a ‘trailblazer’ – is currently the principal deputy solicitor general of the US.
According to One India, Mr Srinivasan is close to being confirmed to the prestigious US Court of Appeals for the American capital with little opposition from Republican senators.
Republican Orrin Hatch repeatedly said he was ‘impressed’ with Mr Srinivasan at the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, adding that he would vote for him even as he pressed the nominee on whether he would be able to step away from his current role as an advocate and be impartial as a judge.

Moderate approach

At the hearing, 45-year-old Mr Srinivasan outlined his traditionally moderate approach to the law, stating that ‘open-mindedness and objectivity,’ would be key to his ‘case-by-case approach’.
If confirmed, Mr Srinivasan - who succeeded another Indian American, Neal Kumar Katyal, in August 2011 in his current job - will become the third South Asian named to any federal judgeship.


Also read...

Eversheds and Freshfields shine in legal brand survey

Brexit impacts legal buying as brand index highlights price sensitivity, international reach and a buying market �behind the rest of the world�.