And the 2012 John Roberts/Elena Kagan Award for the D.C. Circuit Hopeful Nominated in the Last Few Months of A Presidential Term With No Chance of Confirmation This Late (But A Very Promising Future Next Time) Goes to ….

Sri Srinivasan. Congrats to Sri. (Sorry I’m a few days late with this; I was at a conference with spotty Internet access.)

UPDATE: A reader points out that Kagan was nominated by Clinton in 1999, not in the last few months of Clinton’s second Term. This complicates the name of the award considerably! At the same time, it doesn’t change the point that being nominated but not confirmed to the D.C. Circuit when you’re young and have lots of friends isn’t exactly the end of the world. Individuals nominated to the D.C. Circuit during one Presidential term but not confirmed, who were later renominated and confirmed to the DC Circuit or nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court (or both) in another Presidential term include: Chief Justice Roberts, who was nominated under George H.W. Bush’s term and then renominated and confirmed to the DC Circuit in George W. Bush’s first term and then confirmed to the Supreme Court in his second term; Justice Kagan, who was nominated to the DC Circuit in Clinton’s second term and confirmed to the Supreme Court during Obama’s term; Judge Garland, who was nominated in Clinton’s first term and then renominated and confirmed in Clinton’s second term; and Judges Kavanaugh and Brown, who were nominated during George W. Bush’s first term and renominated and confirmed during his second term.