Thursday, October 30, 2014
In May 2013, Judge Sri Srinivasan was confirmed unanimously as President Obama’s first appointee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, making him the first South Asian–American to serve as a federal circuit court judge. Born in India, he earned his degrees from Stanford University and then served as a law clerk and a Bristow Fellow before joining the law firm O’Melveny & Myers in 1998, where he later became a partner and Chair of the firm’s appellate and Supreme Court practice. From 2011 until his appointment to the circuit court, Srinivasan served as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States.
On a pro bono basis, Srinivasan successfully represented the petitioner in the Supreme Court in Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder, which unanimously ruled that a second misdemeanor drug conviction for possession of one tablet of Xanex did not constititute an "aggravated felony" for purposes of removal.