The first time Srikanth ‘Sri’ Srinivasan argued a case before the US Supreme Court, he stood before the black-robed judges with a single piece of paper in his hand so that he would not appear overconfident. That paper was blank.
Widely regarded by his peers as among the best appellate court advocates in the US, Srinivasan was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on May 23 after President Barack Obama nominated him to be a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the first South Asian American to serve on a US Circuit Court. Obama described him as “a trailblazer who personifies the best of America”.
With the DC court considered to be a springboard for the US Supreme Court, the buzz following Srinivasan’s confirmation naturally focused on his prospects of occupying a seat in the highest court of the land one day.