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Merrick Garland's Biography

Contact Information

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, 20530-0001

Full Name:

Merrick B. Garland

Gender:

Male

Family:

Wife: Lynn; 2 Children: Becky, Jessie

Birth Date:

11/13/1952

Birth Place:

Chicago, IL

Home City:

Washington, DC

Religion:

Jewish

JD, Harvard Law School, 1977

AB, Harvard College, 1974

Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, 2021-present

Former Professor, Harvard Law School

Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2013-2020

Nominated by President Barack Obama, Justice, United States Supreme Court, March 16, 2016

Judge, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1997-2013

Confirmed by the United States Senate, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, March 19, 1997

Nominated by President William J. Clinton, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, January 7, 1997

Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, 1994-1997

Deputy Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, 1993-1994

Partner, Arnold & Porter, 1981-1989, 1992-1993

Assistant United States Attorney, District of Columbia, 1989-1992

Special Assistant United States Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, 1979-1981

Law Clerk, Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr., Supreme Court of the United States,, 1978-1979

Law Clerk, Honorable Harry J. Friendly, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1977-1978

Former President, Board of Overseers, Harvard University

Chair, Executive Committee, Judicial Conference of the United States, 2017-2020

Member, Judicial Conference of the United States, 2013-2017

Father's Occupation:

Small business owner

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Skiing, hiking, canoeing, visiting America's national parks

Mother's Occupation:

Community volunteer

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