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Sri Srinivasan Becomes First Indian-American Chief Judge in US Court

Sri Srinivasan Becomes First Indian-American Chief Judge in US Court

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.

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.

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.

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Sri Srinivasan Becomes First Indian-American Chief Judge in US Court

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.

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