Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan, D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan

District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals

Padmanabhan Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan was born in February 1967 in Chandigarh, India. The family migrated to Kansas when he was four years old. He earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and then received a joint JD-MBA from Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business, respectively. He clerked at the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and also for Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

He worked for a private law firm, then spent five years with the U.S. Solicitor General’s office, returning to private practice in Washington, D.C. He was a lecturer at Harvard Law School. In 2013, he was appointed Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, where he served until his appointment to the Court of Appeals.

President Barack Obama nominated Srinivasan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was confirmed by the Senate in a 97-0 vote, and assumed his seat on the bench in May 2013. He was named Chief Judge in February 2020.

He is married to Carla Garrett and they have two children who are twins. He is Hindu.

In the News…

The full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to rehear whether it should accept the Justice Department’s request to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser.

After oral arguments on August 11, the ultimate fate of Mr. Flynn’s case will be decided by the full court. Last month an initial 2-1 ruling ordered a district judge to drop the case. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017 about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the Trump administration. A review by the Department of Justice earlier this year alleged prosecutorial misconduct by FBI agents who had interviewed him, and they made the official request to dismiss the case.

The decision to grant the rare en-banc hearing revives the case that has raised questions about the independence of the Justice Department under the president. The FBI’s motives in the investigations have also been in question.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Chief Judge Srinivasan today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan
District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals
E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse
333 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001


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