Report on the Nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
May 5, 2016
On March 16, 2016, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to the United States Supreme Court. This nomination followed the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The question of whether Judge Garland would be considered by the Senate in a presidential election year has been the subject of much public dialogue. This report focuses on Judge Garland as a nominee, and examines his record on issues central to the Lawyers’ Committee’s mission. As Judge Garland has been on the Court of Appeals for 18 years, the analysis is based primarily on the opinions he has authored or joined as a judge on that court.