The United States Chief Justice Antonin Scalia passed away causing speculators to predict the next justice to be seated on the 9 Justice bench. Indian American Srinivasan born in Chandigarh is being highly considered according to sources due to his record unanimous voting decisions by the United States Senate.
CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, was quoted saying:
The moderate DC Circuit Court of Appeals judge has already been labelled Obama’s “SC nominee in waiting”.
The Tribune reported:
“Any list begins with Sri Srinivasan, a member of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit —a traditional launching pad for Supreme Court nominees,” a report said. “There’s always a shortlist of potential justices that court experts and watchers have in their heads; Obama will be cognisant that he is replacing a conservative icon and that might temper his choices, leading him to try to find someone that at least some Republicans in Congress might find acceptable,” it said.
Sri previously served as President Obama’s solicitor general was noted for working on the Defense of Marriage Act and also served under the Republican President George W Bush as a assistant to the solicitor general.
Srinavasan was sworn in as the judge of the second most powerful court in the United States in 2013 which made him the first Indian American to be on the bench of the United States Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia.
Bio on Sri Srinavasan from House.GOV:
Srikanth Srinivasan is the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. He was born in Chandigarh, India, and immigrated to the United States with his parents and two younger sisters as a child. He grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, before attending Stanford University for both undergraduate and graduate schools, earning a B.A. in human biology, an M.B.A., and a J.D. After graduating, he clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, served as a Bristow Fellow at the Office of the Solicitor General, and clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court. His career has included experience in private practice at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers and public service at the Solicitor General’s Office.