How Does Garland Compare?

Courtesy of data from the Federal Judicial Center I have compiled statistics for each current Supreme Court Justice as well as for Justice Scalia and Judge Garland.  This should give you some idea of how Garland compares to the current Justices as well as to the Justice who sat on the seat that he will potentially take.

For a quick run through of Judge Garland’s law/judicial background he was:

  • Law clerk, Hon. Henry J. Friendly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1977-1978, clerk,
  • Law Clerk, Hon. William J. Brennan, Jr., Supreme Court of the United States, 1978-1979
  • Special assistant attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, 1979-1981
  • Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1981-1989, 1992-1993
  • Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, 1989-1992
  • Deputy assistant attorney general, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1993-1994
  • Principal associate deputy attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, 1994-1997
  • Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, September 5, 1995

[For space and readability I placed the table with the second set of Justices below the first. Phone friendly image of the table at the bottom.]

Judge Last NameGarlandScaliaThomasKennedyAlito
Judge First NameMerrickAntoninClarenceAnthonySamuel
Judge Middle NameB.McLeodA.
Birth year19521936194819361950
Place of Birth (City)ChicagoTrentonSavannahSacramentoTrenton
Place of Birth (State)ILNJGACANJ
Death month2
Death day13
Death year2016
Place of Death (City)Shafter
Place of Death (State)TX
GenderMMMMM
Race or EthnicityWhiteWhiteAfrican AmericanWhiteWhite
Judge Identification Number82021082362125626
Court NameU. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia CircuitU. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia CircuitU. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia CircuitU. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitU. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Court TypeUSCAUSCAUSCAUSCAUSCA
President nameWilliam J. ClintonRonald ReaganGerald FordGeorge H.W. Bush
Party Affiliation of PresidentDemocraticRepublicanRepublicanRepublicanRepublican
Nomination Date Senate Executive Journal1/7/19977/15/198210/30/19893/3/19752/20/1990
ABA RatingWell QualifiedQualifiedQualifiedQualifiedWell Qualified
Recess Appointment date
Vice last name (predecessor)MikvaRobbBorkMerrillGibbons
Vice first name (predecessor)Abner JosephRogerRobert H.Charles MertonJohn Joseph
Authorization legislation
Referral date (referral to Judicial Committee)1/7/19977/15/198210/31/19893/3/19752/20/1990
Committee actionReported With RecommendationReported With RecommendationReported With RecommendationReported With RecommendationReported With Recommendation
Committee action date3/6/19978/4/19822/22/19903/19/19754/26/1990
Hearings
Senate voice voteNoYesYesYesYes
Senate vote Ayes/Nays76/23
Senate Vote Date (Confirmation Date)3/19/19978/5/19823/6/19903/20/19754/27/1990
Commission Date3/20/19978/17/19823/6/19903/24/19754/30/1990
Date of Service as Chief Judge (begin)2013
Date of Service as Chief Judge (end)
Date of Termination9/26/198610/17/19912/17/19881/31/2006
Termination specific reasonAppointment to Another Judicial PositionAppointment to Another Judicial PositionAppointment to Another Judicial PositionAppointment to Another Judicial Position
Court Name (2)Supreme Court of the United StatesSupreme Court of the United StatesSupreme Court of the United StatesSupreme Court of the United States
Court Type (2)USSCUSSCUSSCUSSC
President name (2)Ronald ReaganGeorge H.W. BushRonald ReaganGeorge W. Bush
Party Affiliation of President (2)RepublicanRepublicanRepublicanRepublican
Nomination Date Senate Executive Journal (2)6/24/19867/8/199111/30/198711/10/2005
ABA Rating (2)QualifiedWell QualifiedWell Qualified
Vice last name (predecessor) (2)RehnquistMarshallPowell, Jr.O`Connor
Vice first name (predecessor) (2)William H.ThurgoodLewis F.Sandra Day
referral date (referral to Judicial Committee) (2)6/24/19867/8/199111/30/198711/10/2005
Report number (2)Ex. Rpt. 102-15
committee action (2)Reported With RecommendationReported Without RecommendationReported With RecommendationReported With Recommendation
Committee action date (2)8/14/198610/1/19912/1/19881/24/2006
Hearings (2)1/13/2006
Senate voice vote (2)NoNoNoNo
Senate vote Ayes/Nays (2)98/052/4897/058/42
Senate Vote Date (Confirmation Date) (2)9/17/198610/15/19912/3/19881/31/2006
Commission Date (2)9/25/198610/18/19912/11/19881/31/2006
Date of Termination (2)2/13/2016
Termination specific reason (2)Death
Name of SchoolHarvard CollegeGeorgetownCollege of the Holy CrossStanford UniversityPrinceton University
DegreeA.B.B.A.B.A.B.A.A.B.
Degree year19741957197119581972
Name of School (2)Harvard Law SchoolHarvard Law SchoolYale Law SchoolHarvard Law SchoolYale Law School
Degree (2)J.D.LL.B.J.D.J.D.J.D.
Degree year (2)19771960197419611975

 

Judge Last NameSotomayorBreyerRobertsGinsburgKagan
Judge First NameSoniaStephenJohnRuthElena
Judge Middle NameGeraldGloverBader
Birth year19541938195519331960
Place of Birth (City)BronxSan FranciscoBuffaloBrooklynNew York
Place of Birth (State)NYCANYNYNY
Death month
Death day
Death year
Place of Death (City)
Place of Death (State)
GenderFMMFF
Race or EthnicityHispanicWhiteWhiteWhiteWhite
Court NameU. S. District Court, Southern District of New YorkU. S. Court of Appeals for the First CircuitU. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia CircuitU. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia CircuitSupreme Court of the United States
Court TypeUSDCUSCAUSCAUSCAUSSC
President nameGeorge H.W. BushJimmy CarterGeorge W. BushJimmy CarterBarack Obama
Party Affiliation of PresidentRepublicanDemocraticRepublicanDemocraticDemocratic
Nomination Date Senate Executive Journal11/27/199111/13/19801/7/20034/14/19805/10/2010
ABA RatingQualifiedQualifiedWell QualifiedExceptionally Well QualifiedWell Qualified
Recess Appointment date
Vice last name (predecessor)Walker, Jr.newBuckleyLeventhalStevens
Vice first name (predecessor)John M.James L.HaroldJohn Paul
Authorization legislation92 Stat. 1629
Referral date (referral to Judicial Committee)11/27/199111/13/19801/7/20034/15/19805/10/2010
Committee actionReported With RecommendationReported With RecommendationReported With RecommendationReported With RecommendationReported With Recommendation
Committee action date6/11/199211/17/19802/27/20036/17/19807/20/2010
Hearings1/29/2003
Senate voice voteYesNoYesYesNo
Senate vote Ayes/Nays80/1063/37
Senate Vote Date (Confirmation Date)8/11/199212/9/19805/8/20036/18/19808/5/2010
Commission Date8/12/199212/10/19806/2/20036/18/19808/6/2010
Date of Service as Chief Judge (begin)1990
Date of Service as Chief Judge (end)1994
Date of Termination10/13/19988/2/19949/29/20058/9/1993
Termination specific reasonAppointment to Another Judicial PositionAppointment to Another Judicial PositionAppointment to Another Judicial PositionAppointment to Another Judicial Position
Court Name (2)U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitSupreme Court of the United StatesSupreme Court of the United States, Chief JusticeSupreme Court of the United States
Court Type (2)USCAUSSCUSSCUSSC
President name (2)William J. ClintonWilliam J. ClintonGeorge W. BushWilliam J. Clinton
Party Affiliation of President (2)DemocraticDemocraticRepublicanDemocratic
Nomination Date Senate Executive Journal (2)6/25/19975/17/19949/6/20056/22/1993
ABA Rating (2)Well QualifiedWell QualifiedWell QualifiedWell Qualified
Vice last name (predecessor) (2)MahoneyBlackmunRehnquistWhite
Vice first name (predecessor) (2)J. DanielHarry A.William H.Byron R.
referral date (referral to Judicial Committee) (2)6/25/19975/17/19949/6/20056/22/1993
committee action (2)Reported With RecommendationReported Without RecommendationReported With RecommendationReported With Recommendation
Committee action date (2)3/5/19988/25/19949/22/20057/29/1993
Hearings (2)9/30/19979/15/2005
Senate voice vote (2)NoNoNoNo
Senate vote Ayes/Nays (2)68/2887/978/2296/3
Senate Vote Date (Confirmation Date) (2)10/2/19987/29/19949/29/20058/3/1993
Commission Date (2)10/7/19988/3/19949/29/20058/5/1993
Date of Termination (2)8/7/2009
Termination specific reason (2)Appointment to Another Judicial Position
Court Name (3)Supreme Court of the United States
Court Type (3)USSC
President name (3)Barack Obama
Party Affiliation of President (3)Democratic
Nomination Date Senate Executive Journal (3)6/1/2009
ABA Rating (3)Well Qualified
Vice last name (predecessor) (3)Souter
Vice first name (predecessor) (3)David H.
referral date (referral to Judicial Committee) (3)6/1/2009
committee action (3)Reported With Recommendation
Committee action date (3)7/28/2009
Hearings (3)7/16/2009
Senate voice vote (3)No
Senate vote Ayes/Nays (3)68/31
Senate Vote Date (Confirmation Date) (3)8/6/2009
Commission Date (3)8/6/2009
Name of SchoolPrinceton UniversityStanford UniversityHarvard CollegeCornell UniversityPrinceton University
DegreeB.A.A.B.A.B.A.B.A.B.
Degree year19761959197619541981
Name of School (2)Yale Law SchoolUniversity of OxfordHarvard Law SchoolHarvard Law SchoolUniversity of Oxford, Worcester College
Degree (2)J.D.B.A.J.D.M.Phil.
Degree year (2)1979196119791983
Name of School (3)Harvard Law SchoolColumbia Law SchoolHarvard Law School
Degree (3)LL.B.LL.B.J.D.
Degree year (3)196419591986

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