Former SCOTUS Clerks Back Srinivasan’s Appeals Court Nomination
By Jennifer Koons | April 5, 2013 2:43 pm

The unofficial campaign to put Sri Srinivasan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit continued this week as more than two dozen former Supreme Court clerks sent a letter of support ahead of next week’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sri Srinivasan

“We have no doubt that, should he be confirmed, Sri would epitomize the highest ideals of judicial demeanor and colleagiality, and we support his nomination,” wrote the 28 signatories who clerked alongside Srinivasan, himself a clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, during the high court’s 1997-1998 term.

The clerks represent a bipartisan perspective having clerked for both left-leaning Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Paul Stevens and right-leaning Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia.

Like Srinivasan, the clerks have gone on to distinguished legal careers including partners at major law firms, chief counsel to the Securities and Exchange Commission and senior vice president of the Boston Red Sox, among other notable positions.

The letter of support comes after a similar vote of confidence from former Solicitors General who praised the current chief deputy to the Solicitor General’s “first-rate intellect” and “unimpeachable character” in an April 1 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and ranking Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

“Sri is an ideal combination of talent and temperament,” former Solicitor General Paul Clement told Main Justice. “The D.C. Circuit is a tremendous court and Sri would make a tremendous addition to the high standards of that court.”

Srinivasan shared a courtroom with Clement last month when the Supreme Court heard arguments in two high-profile gay marriage cases.

The nomination hearing will take place on April 10 at 2:30 p.m., in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.


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