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Merrick GarlandINDIndependent Attorney General
69
Years of Age
18
Months of Experience
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Merrick Brian Garland (born November 13, 1952) is an American lawyer and jurist serving as the 86th United States attorney general since March 2021. He served as a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1997 to 2021. A native of the Chicago area, Garland attended Harvard University for his undergraduate and legal education. After serving as a law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr., he practiced corporate litigation at Arnold & Porter and worked as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice, where he played a leading role in the investigation and prosecution of the Oklahoma City bombers. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, nominated Garland to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court in March 2016 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia. However, the Republican Senate majority refused to hold a hearing or vote on his nomination. The unprecedented refusal of a Senate majority to consider the nomination was highly controversial. Garland's nomination lasted 293 days (the longest to date by far), and it expired on January 3, 2017, at the end of the 114th Congress. Eventually, President Donald Trump, a Republican, nominated Neil Gorsuch to the vacant seat and the Republican Senate majority confirmed him. President Joe Biden nominated Garland as attorney general in January 2021.

Education6 - 6 of 4
Harvard University
Niles West High School
Harvard Law School
Harvard College
Past Positions1 - 13 of 13
Attorney General
United States Department of Justice
2021 - Current
Chief Judge
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
2013 - 2020
Justice
United States Supreme Court
2016
Judge
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
1997 - 2013
Judge
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
1997
Judge
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
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
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 Professor
Harvard Law School
Other Experience1 - 3 of 3
Chair
Executive Committee, Judicial Conference of the United States
2017 - 2020
Member
Judicial Conference of the United States
2013 - 2017
Former President
Board of Overseers, Harvard University