History of the Federal Judiciary


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Garland, Merrick B.
Born 1952 in Chicago, IL

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Nominated by William J. Clinton on January 7, 1997, to a seat vacated by Abner Joseph Mikva. Confirmed by the Senate on March 19, 1997, and received commission on March 20, 1997. Served as chief judge, 2013-present.

Education:
Harvard College, A.B., 1974
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1977

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Henry J. Friendly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1977-1978
Law clerk, Hon. William J. Brennan, Jr., Supreme Court of the United States, 1978-1979
Special assistant attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, 1979-1981
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1981-1989, 1992-1993
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, 1989-1992
Deputy assistant attorney general, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1993-1994
Principal associate deputy attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, 1994-1997

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, September 5, 1995; no Senate vote

 

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