Posted on March 16, 2016 Issues: Judges & Courts Supreme Court

(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today praised President Obama for his timely nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court.

“The President today fulfilled his constitutional responsibility and nominated an impressive federal judge to fill the vacant seat left on the Supreme Court by the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia,” said Marcia D. Greenberger, NWLC Co-President. “Judge Garland is a distinguished jurist whose impeccable credentials are widely acknowledged in the legal community.”

The Senate confirmed Judge Garland to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1997, and he has been the Chief Judge since 2013. Before his appointment to the D.C. Circuit, he served as Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Deputy Assistant Attorney General and then Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also was a partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter. He served as a law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.

“The Supreme Court decides critical legal questions that affect people’s lives on a daily basis, and that is especially true for women,” she added. “While we cannot help but note that, as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said, there will not be ‘enough’ women on the Supreme Court until there are nine, President Obama has nominated an impressive federal judge. It’s imperative that the United States Senate give him a fair and expeditious confirmation hearing and vote.”

The National Women’s Law Center has extensive expertise on the legal issues of central importance to women and on how Supreme Court rulings have affected women and their families, in areas such as the constitutional right to privacy and its application to access to contraception and abortion, the Equal Protection Clause and anti-discrimination laws that apply broadly, including at work and at school, and Congress’s ability to enact health, safety and economic and social welfare legislation.

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To interview NWLC Co-Presidents Marcia Greenberger or Nancy Duff Campbell about this nomination, contact: Maria Patrick, mpatrick@nwlc.org or call 202.588.5180.