WASHINGTON: Judge Sri Srinivasan has become the first Indian-American to serve as chief judge for the influential appeals court in Washington, United States (US).
The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is regarded as the second most powerful court in America outside of the Supreme Court.
Congratulations to Judge Sri Srinivasan on becoming the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit! A milestone for the Indian-American/Kansan community (and yet another piece of evidence my family can use that I’m underachieving). https://t.co/R5fUg7sXlT pic.twitter.com/EnmqYab00s— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) February 15, 2020
Sri Srinivasan replaces Merrick Garland, who at 65 years old by rule, can no longer hold that position.
Srinivasan took the oath as chief judge on the Hindu Holy book Bhagavad Gita. He is an Obama appointee who was unanimously confirmed to sit on the federal bench during the spring of 2013.
Congrats to #Tamil American Judge Sri Srinivasan: Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland who has been a member of the D.C. Circuit since 1997 & Chief Judge since 2013, will be succeeded as Chief Judge by Judge Sri Srinivasan. Judge Garland will continue as an active member of the court. pic.twitter.com/UfEXisbpKP— Parthiban Shanmugam (@hollywoodcurry) February 11, 2020
The 53-year-old’s father, late Thirunankovil Padmanabhan Srinivasan, was a professor in Punjab University’s (PU), Chandigarh mathematics department. Srinivasan’s parents eventually migrated to the US in the 1970s.
Born in Punjab’s Chandigarh and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Sri Srinivasan attended Stanford University—where he eventually earned three degrees in total, including his law degree.
The title of chief judge comes with a higher profile and administrative headaches but no additional judicial authority on a court where judges sit on panels of three. Ascension to the post is based on age and years of service on the bench.