U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Merrick Garland administered the oath in a small ceremony in Garland’s chambers in the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in downtown Washington. A larger, public swearing-in ceremony is expected to take place at the courthouse in the fall. No date is set.
The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Srinivasan to the court in late May after he sailed through confirmation proceedings. He was President Barack Obama’s first successful nominee to the court. An earlier nominee, Caitlin Halligan, withdrew her name amid a Republican-led effort to block her appointment.
The D.C. Circuit doesn’t hear oral arguments over the summer, except on an emergency basis, but Srinivasan will be reviewing briefs in the interim. The court will reconvene in September.
There are three seats still open on the court. Earlier this month, Obama nominated Patricia Millett of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld; Cornelia “Nina” Pillard, a Georgetown University Law Center professor; and U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins. Millett is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 10.
National Law Journal photo by Diego M. Radzinschi.