Judge Merrick Garland — Photos By: Jennifer Phang February 22, 2021 10:48AM EST 1 of 5 Merrick Garland AP Merrick Garland, born November 13, 1952, is a former judge and attorney who was nominated by President Joe Biden as the nation’s Attorney General in January 2021. Garland has a long history of working in the law, having graduated from undergraduate and law school from Harvard University before serving as a clerk in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Garland was swept up in a 2016 Supreme Court nomination, when President Barack Obama nominated him to fill the seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia following his death in February 2016. Garland never had a hearing for his appointment, as Republicans argued that justices to the Supreme Court should be appointed by the next president during an election year. Here, Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court arrives for a meeting with Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. To see more photos of Merrick Garland, check out the rest of the images in this gallery of photos. February 22, 2021, 10:02AM 2 of 5 Merrick Garland Nominated To Be Attorney General AP Attorney General nominee Judge Merrick Garland speaks during an event with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. His appointment hearing began on February 22. February 22, 2021, 10:02AM 3 of 5 Merrick Garland Speaks AP In this Thursday, April 21, 2016 file photo, Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, speaks at an awards breakfast for pro bono counsel at the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse in Washington. In an unusual move, Garland addressed the 2016 graduating class of the suburban Chicago high school he graduated from in 1970. Usually, Supreme Court nominees refrain from public speaking after they’ve been nominated and before confirmation hearings. February 22, 2021, 10:02AM 4 of 5 President Barack Obama with Merrick Garland AP Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland, stands with President Barack Obama as he is introduced as Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. A hearing for his nomination did not take place. February 22, 2021, 10:02AM 5 of 5 Merrick Garland In The Rose Garden AP Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland listens as President Barack Obama nominates him for the Supreme Court during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Washington. His appointment was never confirmed. February 22, 2021, 10:02AM Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.