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Merrick Garland Fast Facts




It seems: Cyril Garland, founder of an advertising agency

Sea: Shirley (Horwitz) Garland, community volunteer

Weddings: Lynn (Rosenman) Garland (1987-present)

Children: Jessica, 1992; Rebecca, 1990

Education: Harvard University, AB, 1974, graduated summa cum laude; Harvard Law School, JD, 1977, graduated magna cum laude

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Garland oversaw the 1995 investigation Attack in Oklahoma City and oversaw the processing of Timothy McVeigh. He also directed the investigations of the Bombing of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.

He paid for law school by working in a shoe store, selling his comics and tutoring undergraduate students.

He was a candidate for the Supreme Court twice before President Barack Obama he appointed him, considered for the seats finally occupied by Elena Kagan i Sonia Sotomayor.

Primary school tutors in reading and mathematics.


1977-1978 – Secretaries of Second Circuit Judge Henry Friendly.

1978-1979 – Secretaries of U.S. Supreme Court Judge William J. Brennan.

1979-1981 – Special Assistant Attorney General.

1981-1989 – He joined the law firm Arnold & Porter as an associate partner and in 1985 was promoted to partner.

1989-1992 – U.S. District Attorney for the District of Columbia.

1992-1993 – He returns to Arnold & Porter as a partner.

1993-1994 – Deputy Director General of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.

1994-1997 – Deputy Chief Attorney General.

1997-present – Named by President Bill Clinton, Garland is a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. It took more than a year for Garland to be confirmed in the Senate, as lawmakers questioned whether the vacancy in the court should be filled.

2013 – He becomes chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC circuit.

March 16, 2016 – Obama appoints Garland to occupy the seat of the deceased Judge Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. For months, Senate Republicans refuse to hold confirmation hearings.

January 3, 2017 – Garland’s nomination expires. He returns to his position as Chief Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

February 13, 2020 – Garland leaves the position as Chief Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC circuit. Sri Srinivasan takes over as chief judge.

March 11, 2021 – Garland is officially invested as the 86th Attorney General by Vice President Kamala Harris.