Merrick Garland

Birth Day November 13th, 1952
Birth Place North Chicago, Illinois, U.S
Age 71 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Scorpio

Merrick Garland Biography

An American lawyer and jurist, Merrick Brian Garland is better known as Merrick Garland. He serves as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He has served on that court since 1997 as  President-elect Joe Biden has selected Garland to be nominated as the United States Attorney General in the upcoming Biden administration. He practiced corporate litigation at Arnold & Porter and worked as a federal prosecutor in the United States Department of Justice after serving as a law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States. Recently, President-elect Joe Biden has selected Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge who in 2016 was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court, as his attorney general, two people familiar with the selection process said Wednesday. Scroll down to know about Merrick Garland's Full Biography, Untold Story, Interesting Facts, Personal Life & Affairs.

Famous For

  • Being an American lawyer and jurist.
  • For serving as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Merrick Garland, a famous politician


Merrick Garland Early Life

On 13th November 1952, Merrick Garland took birth with the real name or full name of Merrick Brian Garland in North Chicago, Illinois, U.S (birth nation/hometown). He holds an American nationality and American-white ethnicity. He is from Judaism religion and his race is white. He happily celebrates his birthday on 13th November of every year and he has celebrated his 68th birthday as of 2020 though as his birthdate, his star sign is Scorpio. His mother Shirley was a director of volunteer services at Chicago's Council for Jewish Elderly (now called CJE SeniorLife) whereas his father, Cyril Garland, headed Garland Advertising, a small business run out of the family's home. Garland attended Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois, where he was president of the student council, acted in theatrical productions, and was a member of the debate team. He graduated in 1970 as the class valedictorian. Garland was also a Presidential Scholar and National Merit Scholar. Moreover, he attended Harvard College on a scholarship, graduating as valedictorian with an A.B. degree "summa cum laude" and Phi Beta Kappa in social studies in 1974. He also then attended Harvard Law School, graduating with a J.D. "magna cum laude" in 1977. Following graduation, Garland served as a law clerk for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1977 to 1978, and then Justice Brennan of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1978 to 1979.

Merrick Garland Career

  • Merrick Garland kicks off his career being a special assistant to Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti from 1979 to 1981 after which he joined the law firm, Arnold & Porter, as an associate, and was a partner at the firm from 1985 to 1989.
  • He would write an eighty-seven page "Harvard Law Review" article after winning the case in both the D.C. Circuit and the Supreme Court whereas he has also published an article in the "Yale Law Journal" urging a broader application of antitrust immunity to state and local governments.
  • He then became an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia in 1989 and was one of three principal prosecutors who handled the investigation into Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry's possession of cocaine.
  • Later, he returned to Arnold & Porter, working there from 1992 to 1993 however he joined the new Clinton administration as deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in 1993 and won praise for his work on the case from the Republican Governor of Oklahoma, Frank Keating.
  • President Bill Clinton nominated Garland to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia seat vacated by his longtime mentor Abner J. Mikva on 6th September 1995 whereas his confirmation vote came to the floor of the Republican-controlled Senate on 19th March 1997 and was confirmed in a 76-23 vote and received his judicial commission the next day.
  • As well, he became chief judge of the D.C. Circuit on 12th February 2013 which ended on 11th February 2020.
  • Garland had written just fifteen dissents in his two decades on the court, fewer than his colleague Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who wrote some 17 dissents over the previous decade as of 2016 though he dissented when the en banc D.C. Circuit reversed the conviction of a Washington, D.C. police officer who had accepted bribes in an FBI sting operation in 2007.
  • He wrote for the unanimous panel when it rejected Guantanamo detainee Moath Hamza Ahmed al Alawi's petition for "habeas corpus" in July 2011 as well as he wrote for a unanimous panel that overturned the Combatant Status Review Tribunal's determination that a captured Uyghur was an enemy combatant in "Parhat v. Gates" (2008).
  • Garland wrote for the court, holding that a U.S. Postal Service regulation banning signature-gathering for petitions at post offices violated the First Amendment in "Initiative & Referendum Institute v. U.S. Postal Service" (2005).
  • As well, he has applied "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission" when he believed that he was compelled to do so in cases involving campaign finance reform laws, but he has not sought to extend its holding.
  • He voted in favor of en banc review of the D.C. Circuit's panel decision in Parker v. District of Columbia invalidating the D.C. handgun ban in 2007.
  • Merrick Garland was considered twice to fill vacated seats on the United States Supreme Court in 2009 and 2010 before finally being nominated in 2016 by President Barack Obama for the seat left vacant by the death of conservative Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.
  • Besides, "The New York Times" reported in early March 2016 that Garland was being vetted by the Obama Administration as a potential nominee but a week later, he was named as one of three judges on the President's "shortlist" (along with Judge Sri Srinivasan.
  • His nomination expired on 3rd January 2017, at the end of the 114th Congress.
  • Merrick served as co-chair of the administrative law section of the District of Columbia Bar from 1991 to 1994.
  • Also, he is a member of the American Law Institute and has served as president of the overseers for 2009-2010.
  • Furthermore, as recent news, President-elect Joe Biden has selected Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge who in 2016 was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court, as his attorney general, two people familiar with the selection process said Wednesday. 
  • Biden is expected to announce Garland's appointment on Thursday, along with other senior leaders of the department, including former homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general and former Justice Department civil rights chief Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general, the No. 3 official. He will also name an assistant attorney general for civil rights, Kristen Clarke, the president of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an advocacy group. 

Merrick Garland Personal Life

Reflecting on Merrick Garland's personal life, he is a married guy. He was married to his partner Lynn Garland in 1987 with whom he was in a romantic relationship for a long time. The pair are having a blissful life. Garland and his wife have two daughters, Rebecca and Jessica; both are graduates of Yale University. He is a second cousin of six-term Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. Furthermore, talking about his sexual orientation, he is straight.

Merrick Garland with his wife, and their kids

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Merrick Garland Net Worth 

Moving towards Merrick Garland's net worth, financial disclosure forms in 2016 indicated that Garland's net worth at the time was between $6 million and $23 million as of 2020. He has also a fine amount of salary too which is around millions of dollars per year. Garland is partially colorblind so he uses a list to match his suits and ties. He has earned a fine amount of money from his career as his major source of income is from his lawyer career. He has not done any endorsement work yet.

Body Measurement of Merrick Garland

Merrick Garland is a handsome and versatile lawyer and jurist who stands at a perfect height with balanced body weight. He has the perfect body combined with good looks. Merrick is a guy with white hair and lights brown eyes color as his body build type is average. He has kept his body maintained in this old age too which so much awesome as he does regular exercise to keep his body maintained as an American lawyer.

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