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Merrick Garland

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Merrick Garland
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   53
Station:   D.C.
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   3/20/1997 - Present
Chief:   2/12/13 - Present
Preceded by:   Abner Mikva
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Illinois
Undergraduate:   Harvard '74
Law School:   Harvard Law '77

Merrick Brian Garland is an Article III federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Garland became the Chief Judge on February 12, 2013.[1]

Garland was rumored to be considered for nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States following the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens.[2]

Early life and education

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Garland graduated from Harvard College with his bachelor's degree in 1974 and later from Harvard Law School with his J.D. degree in 1977.[3]

Professional career

Judicial career

DC Circuit

On the recommendation of the at-large Congressional delegation for the District of Columbia, Garland was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by President Bill Clinton on January 7, 1997 to a seat vacated by Abner Mikva as Mikva assumed senior status. Garland was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 19, 1997 on a Senate vote and received his commission on March 20, 1997.[4]

Judicial philosophy

According to The Houston Chronicle:

Garland is regarded by legal scholars as a moderate, and he is well respected by both Democrats and Republicans in Washington.[5][6]

See also

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