Monday, April 11, 2016

ALI Member Merrick Brian Garland Is President Obama's SCOTUS Nominee

Human rights advocate Dr. Jeremy Levitt earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where he graduated with Dean's List Honors. Dr. Jeremy Levitt is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), the country's leading organization working toward the improvement and modernization of law. President Obama's SCOTUS nominee, Merrick Brian Garland, is also a member of ALI.

Merrick Brian Garland is the incumbent chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, a post he has held since February 2013. Garland has been considered by President Obama to replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in the Supreme Court following the latter's demise earlier this year.

Chief Judge Garland has a stellar academic record, having graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1977. Following his graduation from law school, he served as a clerk to judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court. Garland also served as a special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General. He resumed practice in 1985 as a partner at Arnold & Porter.

Chief Judge Garland returned to civil service as the assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. Prior to being named as a circuit judge, Garland also served as principal associate deputy attorney general.

Outside of his practice, Chief Judge Garland has taught law at the Harvard School of Law, and he is an a member of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.