March 16, 2016

American Constitution Society President on Nomination of Merrick B. Garland to U.S Supreme Court


March 16, 2016


Paul Guequierre, Director of Communications, or (202) 393-6187

Washington, D.C. – President Obama today nominated Merrick B. Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. ACS President Caroline Fredrickson made the following statement:

“Like President Obama’s previous nominations to the Supreme Court, Chief Judge Garland is impeccably qualified to serve. His credentials cannot be questioned, he is a person of integrity and he would bring an understanding of how the world works to the nation’s highest court. These qualities will serve everyday Americans well and put the Supreme Court back at full strength. President Obama has fulfilled his constitutional duty to nominate a Supreme Court justice. It is up to the Senate to do its job, as required by the Constitution, to provide ‘advice and consent.’”

Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Prior to his confirmation to the Circuit Court, Chief Judge Garland served as Principle Associate Deputy U.S. Attorney General, the Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Prosecutions Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice. Chief Judge Garland also worked in private practice and taught antitrust law at Harvard Law School.

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), founded in 2001 and one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations, is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals dedicated to making the law a force to improve lives of all people. For more information about the organization or to locate one of the more than 200 lawyer and law student chapters in 48 states, please visit