Court appointee has local connections

By The Mercury

The newest addition to what’s known as the nation’s second-highest court once played basketball in Manhattan High School’s north gym.

Sri Srinavasan was a guard on the Lawrence High School team that blasted Manhattan High 60-38 on Jan. 3, 1984. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed him on a 97-0 vote as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit. A native of India, he’s the first South Asian federal appellate judge. His father was on the faculty at the University of Kansas and Srinavasan played point guard for a strong Lawrence High team that featured somebody else who went on to become prominent nationally: Danny Manning.

That team blasted MHS in a game here – a game that started off with Manning whipping a behind-the-back pass along the baseline for an assist.

One other local connection: Srinavasan was a partner with former Manhattanite Jon Hacker in the D.C. law firm O’Melveny & Myers. Srinavasan had also been the principal deputy in the office of the Solicitor General.

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