Report by Paula Antolini
March 16, 2016 11:49AM EDT
President Obama Nominates Judge Merrick Garland for Vacant Position on Supreme Court
Today President Barack Obama nominated federal appeals court judge Merrick Brian Garland, 63, for the vacant position on the Supreme Court. This position was created after the death of Judge Antonin Gregory Scalia, was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1986 until his death in 2016.
Merrick is the chief justice for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. If appointed, Garland would become the 113th Supreme Court Justice.
President Obama said Garland was, “One of America’s sharpest legal minds.”
Garland is a Harvard graduate and had a private practice and taught anti-trust law at Harvard Law. He also was the valedictorian of his class and was eventually award a Harvard college scholarship.
Merrick said his father impressed upon him the meaning of hard work.”I know that my mother is watching this on television and crying her eyes out,” Garland said. “I only wish that my father were here to see this today,” Merrick said.
He is known for overseeing the government response to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, and lead the investigation and prosecution of bomber Timothy McVeigh. He also took the lead in the Unabomber investigation.
Obama mentioned on Wednesday that Garland took a 50 percent pay cut to work for the Bush administration in Washington.
Garland has a liberal-leaning record on gun control.
Garland has a wife, Lynn Garland, and two daughters.
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AKA Merrick Brian Garland
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit
Father: Cyril Garland
Wife: Lynn Rosenman (m. 19-Sep-1987)
High School: Niles West High School, Skokie, IL (1970)
University: AB, Harvard University (1974)
Law School: JD, Harvard Law School (1977)
Administrator: Board of Overseers, Harvard University (2003-)
US Appeals Court Judge, DC Circuit (1997-)
US Justice Department Principal Assoc. Deputy US Atty. General, Oklahoma City (1994-97)
US Justice Department Deputy Asst. US Attorney General, Criminal Div. (1993-94)
Arnold & Porter Partner (1992-93)
Assistant US Attorney District of Columbia (1989-92)
Arnold & Porter Partner (1985-89)
Arnold & Porter Associate (1981-85)
US Justice Department Special Asst. Attorney General (1979-81)
Law Clerk to William J. Brennan, US Sup. Ct. (1978-79)
Law Clerk to Henry J. Friendly, 2nd US Appeals Court (1977-78)
Harvard Law Review Articles Editor
American Law Institute
District of Columbia Bar
Phi Beta Kappa Society