President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court is a smart move that will put Republicans on the defensive, even if it disappoints some Democrats who were expecting a more liberal appointee.
Since his confirmation to the D.C. Circuit in 1997, Garland, a centrist and politically connected judge, has been on shortlists for the Democratic nomination to the Supreme Court. At 63 years of age, he is the oldest nominee since Justice Lewis Powell was chosen in 1971, and almost a decade older than the norm for previous recent nominees.
Who is Merrick Garland?
After finishing law school at Harvard, Garland worked as a clerk for two different judges: the Second Circuit’s Judge Henry J. Friendly in 1977 and 1978, and the Supreme Court’s Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. in 1978 and 1979. Garland worked as an assistant to Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti between the years 1979 and 1981.
Garland started working at Arnold & Porter as a partner in 1985 and remained there until 1989. He specialized in business litigation and taught antitrust law at Harvard Law School.merrick5Garland began working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1989.
Most of the cases he took on for the government involved drug trafficking or high-level corruption in public office. After working for Arnold & Porter from 1992 to 1993, Garland became the deputy assistant attorney general in charge of the Criminal Division under the Clinton administration.
In 1994, Garland’s mentor, Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, asked him to become his primary deputy. During his time in office, Garland oversaw the probes into the bombs in Oklahoma City, the prosecution of the UNABOM, and the attacks during the Atlanta Olympic Games.
He was the government lawyer during the preliminary hearings for the two major defendants. Garland was named to the D.C. Circuit by President Clinton in September 1995, and he received a perfect score from the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary.
Who is Merrick Garland Married?
Judge Merrick Garland’s wife Lynn Rosenman Garland serves on the US Court of Appeals.
She is the granddaughter of the late Justice Samuel Irving Rosenman of the New York Supreme Court.
Rosenman served as special counsel for both Presidents FDR and Truman.
Lynn then earned a Master of Science in operations management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She started working at E-Systems Inc.’s Melpar division in 1987 as a staff assistant for the vice president of operations in Falls Church, Virginia.
What she does for a living at this point is unknown.
Who is Merrick Garland Kids?
The pair resides in the Maryland town of Bethesda. Rebecca Garland and Jessica Garland are the daughters of Judge Garland and Lynn. Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yale University and her Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
According to Heavy, Jessica is a former co-president of Yale’s Undergraduate Prison Project, a student-run social justice organization working to raise awareness of and discourse about mass incarceration and recidivism. She is presently serving as DaVita Kidney Care’s regional operations director.
Merrick Garland Net Worth
With an estimated net worth of around $20 million, Attorney General Merrick Garland is tied with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as Biden’s wealthiest cabinet secretary. As a federal judge from 1997 through 2020, Garland received an annual salary of $141,000 to $230,000.
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