Merrick Garland


Merrick Brian Garland is the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit known informally as the D.C. Circuit, is the federal appellate court for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Chief judge is a title that can refer to the highest-ranking judge of a court that has more than one judge.

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He has served on that court since 1997.

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A native of the Chicago area, Garland graduated summa c*m laude as valedictorian from Harvard College and graduated magna c*m laude from Harvard Law School.

Valedictorian is an academic title of success used in the United States, Canada, Central America, and the Philippines for the student who delivers the closing or farewell statement at a graduation ceremony.

Harvard Law School is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of distinction with which an academic degree was earned.


After serving as a law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States, he practiced corporate litigation at Arnold & Porter and worked as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he played a leading role in the investigation and prosecution of the Oklahoma City bombers.

The United States Department of Justice, also known as the Justice Department, is a federal executive department of the U.S. government, responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice in the United States, equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries.

Henry Jacob Friendly was a prominent judge in the United States, who sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1959 through 1974 and in senior status until his death in 1986.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is an international law firm based in Washington, D.C. Arnold & Porter is well known for its trial, corporate, and antitrust work, and for its pro bono commitments.


On March 16, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Garland to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia.

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician who is the 44th and current President of the United States.


The Senate refused to hold a hearing or vote on this nomination made during the last year of Obama's presidency, with the Republican majority insisting that the next elected president should fill the vacancy.


Senate Republicans' refusal to consider the nomination remains a source of controversy, with some Americans saying the seat on the Court to which Garland was nominated was "stolen".


Garland's nomination expired on January 3, 2017, with the end of the 114th Congress.

The One Hundred-Fourteenth United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.

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