President Obama nominated Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan and Caitlin Halligan to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, informally known as the second-highest court in the land, the White House announced Monday.
Ms. Halligan is general counsel for the New York County District Attorney’s Office and Mr. Srinivasan is the principal deputy solicitor general, the No. 2 in the Solicitor General’s Office.
“Mr. Srinivasan will be a trailblazer and, like Ms. Halligan, will serve the court with distinction and excellence,” President Obama said in the statement announcing the nominations. President Obama had tapped Ms. Halligan for a spot on the D.C. Circuit previously, but her nomination lapsed in the face of a Republican filibuster.
Mr. Srinivasan, born in Chandigarh, India, and reared in Lawrence, Kan., is the first South Asian American judge to be nominated to the D.C. Circuit. If confirmed, he would be the third South Asian American federal judge.
He clerked for both Justice Sandra Day O’Connor during the Supreme Court’s 1997-1998 term and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson at the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.