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Judge Merrick Garland

Year born: 1952
Education: Harvard College, Harvard Law School

Garland has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 1997, after a long fight between the Clinton administration and Republican senators that had little to do with him. He is a favorite of the Washington legal establishment, widely praised by lawyers and other judges for his well-reasoned and generally moderate opinions. He has had two stints in private practice, and served as assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia from 1989 to 1992. From 1994 until his appointment to the bench, he worked at the Justice Department, where he supervised prosecution of the Oklahoma City bombing and the UNABOM case.
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Experience: U.S. Court of Appeals, Former U.S. Attorney General, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Dept. of Justice

Timeline of Garland's life

Nov. 13, 1952

Born in Chicago.


Graduates with B.A. from Harvard College.


Receives his J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Clerks for Hon. Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.


Clerks for Justice William J. Brennen Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court.


Serves as special assistant to the U.S. attorney general.


Joins Arnold and Porter, a law firm in Washington D.C., as an associate in 1981; named a partner in 1985.


Works as assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.


Returns to Arnold and Porter.


Works as deputy assistant U.S. attorney general, criminal division, U.S. Department of Justice.


Works as principal associate deputy attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice.

April 1997 - Present

Circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

TIMELINE SOURCES: Staff Reports, WhoRunsGov; GRAPHIC: Robert Barnes, Amy Goldstein and Sisi Wei - The Washington Post
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