Fast Facts about SCOTUS Nominee Merrick Garland

March 16, 2016

Merrick Garland

On March 16 President Barack Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the Court of the Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13.

Here's a quick rundown of some interesting D.C. Bar facts about the SCOTUS nominee:

1) In 1979 Judge Garland joined the D.C. Bar. Throughout his career he has worked in both the private and public sector at the U.S. Department of Justice, Arnold & Porter LLP, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. In 1997 he was tapped to serve on the bench of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He became chief judge in 2013.

2) Judge Garland was cochair of the Bar's Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section from 1991–1994.

3) He's a regular speaker at the annual 40@50 Judicial Pro Bono Breakfast, a cooperative effort by the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center to encourage greater pro bono work in the legal community.

4) From 1993–1994, Judge Garland served on the Bar's Nominations Committee. Members of the standing committee nominate candidates for Bar office who will run in the next election. 

5) If confirmed, the D.C. Bar would have a majority—of members on the Supreme Court bench, that is. Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, and Chief Justice John Roberts are also members of our Bar.