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 Name Garland Scalia Thomas Kennedy Alito
Judge First Name Merrick Antonin Clarence Anthony Samuel
Judge Middle Name B. McLeod A.
Birth year 1952 1936 1948 1936 1950
Place of Birth (City) Chicago Trenton Savannah Sacramento Trenton
Place of Birth (State) IL NJ GA CA NJ
Death month 2
Death day 13
Death year 2016
Place of Death (City) Shafter
Place of Death (State) TX
Gender M M M M M
Race or Ethnicity White White African American White White
Judge Identification Number 820 2108 2362 1256 26
Court Name U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Court Type USCA USCA USCA USCA USCA
President name William J. Clinton Ronald Reagan Gerald Ford George H.W. Bush
Party Affiliation of President Democratic Republican Republican Republican Republican
Nomination Date Senate Executive Journal 1/7/1997 7/15/1982 10/30/1989 3/3/1975 2/20/1990
ABA Rating Well Qualified Qualified Qualified Qualified Well Qualified
Recess Appointment date
Vice last name (predecessor) Mikva Robb Bork Merrill Gibbons
Vice first name (predecessor) Abner Joseph Roger Robert H. Charles Merton John Joseph
Authorization legislation
Referral date (referral to Judicial Committee) 1/7/1997 7/15/1982 10/31/1989 3/3/1975 2/20/1990
Committee action Reported With Recommendation Reported With Recommendation Reported With Recommendation Reported With Recommendation Reported With Recommendation
Committee action date 3/6/1997 8/4/1982 2/22/1990 3/19/1975 4/26/1990
Hearings
Senate voice vote No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Senate vote Ayes/Nays 76/23
Senate Vote Date (Confirmation Date) 3/19/1997 8/5/1982 3/6/1990 3/20/1975 4/27/1990
Commission Date 3/20/1997 8/17/1982 3/6/1990 3/24/1975 4/30/1990
Date of Service as Chief Judge (begin) 2013
Date of Service as Chief Judge (end)
Date of Termination 9/26/1986 10/17/1991 2/17/1988 1/31/2006
Termination specific reason Appointment to Another Judicial Position Appointment to Another Judicial Position Appointment to Another Judicial Position Appointment to Another Judicial Position
Court Name (2) Supreme Court of the United States Supreme Court of the United States Supreme Court of the United States Supreme Court of the United States
Court Type (2) USSC USSC USSC USSC
President name (2) Ronald Reagan George H.W. Bush Ronald Reagan George W. Bush
Party Affiliation of President (2) Republican Republican Republican Republican
Nomination Date Senate Executive Journal (2) 6/24/1986 7/8/1991 11/30/1987 11/10/2005
ABA Rating (2) Qualified Well Qualified Well Qualified
Vice last name (predecessor) (2) Rehnquist Marshall Powell, Jr. O`Connor
Vice first name (predecessor) (2) William H. Thurgood Lewis F. Sandra Day
referral date (referral to Judicial Committee) (2) 6/24/1986 7/8/1991 11/30/1987 11/10/2005
Report number (2) Ex. Rpt. 102-15
committee action (2) Reported With Recommendation Reported Without Recommendation Reported With Recommendation Reported With Recommendation
Committee action date (2) 8/14/1986 10/1/1991 2/1/1988 1/24/2006
Hearings (2) 1/13/2006
Senate voice vote (2) No No No No
Senate vote Ayes/Nays (2) 98/0 52/48 97/0 58/42
Senate Vote Date (Confirmation Date) (2) 9/17/1986 10/15/1991 2/3/1988 1/31/2006
Commission Date (2) 9/25/1986 10/18/1991 2/11/1988 1/31/2006
Date of Termination (2) 2/13/2016
Termination specific reason (2) Death
Name of School Harvard College Georgetown College of the Holy Cross Stanford University Princeton University
Degree A.B. B.A. B.A. B.A. A.B.
Degree year 1974 1957 1971 1958 1972
Name of School (2) Harvard Law School Harvard Law School Yale Law School Harvard Law School Yale Law School
Degree (2) J.D. LL.B. J.D. J.D. J.D.
Degree year (2) 1977 1960 1974 1961 1975

 

Judge Last Name Sotomayor Breyer Roberts Ginsburg Kagan
Judge First Name Sonia Stephen John Ruth Elena
Judge Middle Name Gerald Glover Bader
Birth year 1954 1938 1955 1933 1960
Place of Birth (City) Bronx San Francisco Buffalo Brooklyn New York
Place of Birth (State) NY CA NY NY NY
Death month
Death day
Death year
Place of Death (City)
Place of Death (State)
Gender F M M F F
Race or Ethnicity Hispanic White White White White
Court Name U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York U. S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Supreme Court of the United States
Court Type USDC USCA USCA USCA USSC
President name George H.W. Bush Jimmy Carter George W. Bush Jimmy Carter Barack Obama
Party Affiliation of President Republican Democratic Republican Democratic Democratic
Nomination Date Senate Executive Journal 11/27/1991 11/13/1980 1/7/2003 4/14/1980 5/10/2010
ABA Rating Qualified Qualified Well Qualified Exceptionally Well Qualified Well Qualified
Recess Appointment date
Vice last name (predecessor) Walker, Jr. new Buckley Leventhal Stevens
Vice first name (predecessor) John M. James L. Harold John Paul
Authorization legislation 92 Stat. 1629
Referral date (referral to Judicial Committee) 11/27/1991 11/13/1980 1/7/2003 4/15/1980 5/10/2010
Committee action Reported With Recommendation Reported With Recommendation Reported With Recommendation Reported With Recommendation Reported With Recommendation
Committee action date 6/11/1992 11/17/1980 2/27/2003 6/17/1980 7/20/2010
Hearings 1/29/2003
Senate voice vote Yes No Yes Yes No
Senate vote Ayes/Nays 80/10 63/37
Senate Vote Date (Confirmation Date) 8/11/1992 12/9/1980 5/8/2003 6/18/1980 8/5/2010
Commission Date 8/12/1992 12/10/1980 6/2/2003 6/18/1980 8/6/2010
Date of Service as Chief Judge (begin) 1990
Date of Service as Chief Judge (end) 1994
Date of Termination 10/13/1998 8/2/1994 9/29/2005 8/9/1993
Termination specific reason Appointment to Another Judicial Position Appointment to Another Judicial Position Appointment to Another Judicial Position Appointment to Another Judicial Position
Court Name (2) U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Supreme Court of the United States Supreme Court of the United States, Chief Justice Supreme Court of the United States
Court Type (2) USCA USSC USSC USSC
President name (2) William J. Clinton William J. Clinton George W. Bush William J. Clinton
Party Affiliation of President (2) Democratic Democratic Republican Democratic
Nomination Date Senate Executive Journal (2) 6/25/1997 5/17/1994 9/6/2005 6/22/1993
ABA Rating (2) Well Qualified Well Qualified Well Qualified Well Qualified
Vice last name (predecessor) (2) Mahoney Blackmun Rehnquist White
Vice first name (predecessor) (2) J. Daniel Harry A. William H. Byron R.
referral date (referral to Judicial Committee) (2) 6/25/1997 5/17/1994 9/6/2005 6/22/1993
committee action (2) Reported With Recommendation Reported Without Recommendation Reported With Recommendation Reported With Recommendation
Committee action date (2) 3/5/1998 8/25/1994 9/22/2005 7/29/1993
Hearings (2) 9/30/1997 9/15/2005
Senate voice vote (2) No No No No
Senate vote Ayes/Nays (2) 68/28 87/9 78/22 96/3
Senate Vote Date (Confirmation Date) (2) 10/2/1998 7/29/1994 9/29/2005 8/3/1993
Commission Date (2) 10/7/1998 8/3/1994 9/29/2005 8/5/1993
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 School Princeton University Stanford University Harvard College Cornell University Princeton University
Degree B.A. A.B. A.B. A.B. A.B.
Degree year 1976 1959 1976 1954 1981
Name of School (2) Yale Law School University of Oxford Harvard Law School Harvard Law School University of Oxford, Worcester College
Degree (2) J.D. B.A. J.D. M.Phil.
Degree year (2) 1979 1961 1979 1983
Name of School (3) Harvard Law School Columbia Law School Harvard Law School
Degree (3) LL.B. LL.B. J.D.
Degree year (3) 1964 1959 1986

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