When Sri Srinivasan starts his new job on Sept. 19 as principal deputy U.S. ­solicitor general, it will be a reunion of sorts for him — and his coat.
Srinivasan worked as an assistant to the SG from 2002 to 2007, and adhered to the office tradition of wearing a morning coat, with tails, when he argued before the Supreme Court. But after he returned to O’Melveny & Myers, Srinivasan loaned the coat to Neal Katyal when Katyal became principal deputy in 2009.
Katyal left that post in June to co-head the appellate practice at Hogan Lovells, freeing up the coat to be returned to Srinivasan just when Srinivasan needed it. Who could have ­predicted, when the loan was first made, that Srinivasan would wind up succeeding Katyal and needing the coat again?