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  May 2016
  April 2016

Destination US Supreme Court


Sri Srinivasan, President Barack Obama's latest appointment to the US Court of Appeals Circuit for the District of Columbia, may well be on his way to becoming the first Indian-American appointed to the Supreme Court.

Born in Chandhi garh in 1967, but raised in the heart of Kansas by two parents working at the University of Kansas, Srinivasan eventually left the Midwest to pursue his bachelor's degree at Stanford University. He graduated in 1989 and went on to pursue and earn a prestigious J.D./MBA from the Stanford graduate schools of Law and Business in 1995.

He quickly became a highly successful private lawyer, becoming a partner at O'Melveny & Meyers, a Washington, DC, law firm, by the time he was 40. He even fought a handful of very high-profile cases, including one in which he defended former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling.

The case garnered national attention, especially because it came before the Supreme Court, who eventually ruled in favour of Srinivasan's client, an outcome that was deemed unlikely from the start.

In 2011, he was appointed to replace fellow Indian American Neal Katyal as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, a job that essentially means Srinivasan is one of a core group of lawyers who represent and stand for the federal branch of the US government in the eyes of the Supreme Court. It is their job to - among other things - determine the legal position and opinion of the federal government in any Supreme Court cases that may involve them.

It is, however, difficult to know exactly when Srinivasan may actually be named to the highest court in the country, since Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life.

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