A Conversation with Judge Merrick Garland

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NH Institute for Civics Education 

in partnership with Constitutionally Speaking and the Warren B. Rudman Center at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law

Present a William W. Treat Lecture featuring

Honorable Merrick B. Garland

Judge Merrick B. Garland

Merrick B. Garland is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Born and raised in Illinois by a mother who served as a community volunteer and a father who ran a small business out of the family home, Judge Garland won scholarships to attend Harvard University and Harvard Law School. He then served as a law clerk to two federal judges and as Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States. After four years in private law practice, Judge Garland returned to the Department of Justice where he served an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, investigating and trying cases involving public corruption, drug trafficking, and fraud. He was later selected as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice, and then as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General. In these roles, Judge Garland oversaw some of the most important federal criminal cases brought by the Department, including overseeing every aspect of the federal response to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

In April 1997, Judge Garland was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and in March 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Garland to the United States Supreme Court. From 2017 to 2020, Judge Garland served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and was deeply involved in overhauling the system for reporting misconduct and workplace harassment in the federal court system. In 2020, Judge Garland completed a seven-year tenure as Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit. Judge Garland is known for mentoring his law clerks, and since 1998, has volunteered as a tutor for elementary school students in Northeast Washington, D.C.


Maggie Goodlander

Maggie GoodlanderMaggie Goodlander, a Nashua native and former law clerk to Judge Garland, is a lawyer and adjunct professor of constitutional law at UNH School of Law.  Over the past decade, Maggie has worked in each branch of the United States government and in both houses of Congress.  After graduating from Yale College in 2009, Maggie worked for four years in the United States Senate where she helped to develop and draft several pieces of legislation, including the Senate’s 2013 bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill.  In 2016, she graduated from Yale Law School and began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Maggie also clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and served as counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment and Senate trial of President Trump.  Maggie is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the board of directors of New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.


Constitutionally Speaking is a collaboration among the Rudman Center, the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, New Hampshire Humanities, the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education, and the Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

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