Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland speaking during the J. O. Wilson Elementary School Fifth Grade Awards Banquet & Promotional Program, held at The Atlas Performing Arts Center, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland speaking during the J. O. Wilson Elementary School Fifth Grade Awards Banquet & Promotional Program, held at The Atlas Performing Arts Center, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (Diego M. Radzinschi)

An American Bar Association committee on Tuesday ranked U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland as “well qualified” for the high court — its highest rating for judicial nominees. “Judge Garland is a pre-eminent member of the legal profession with outstanding legal ability and exceptional breadth of experience,” said Karol Corbin Walker, chair of the ABA’s standing committee on the federal judiciary. The association has investigated the background of federal judicial nominees and ranked them since 1953.

“He meets the highest standards of integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament,” Walker said. Walker, a shareholder in LeClairRyan’s Newark office, said in April that her 15-member committee was determined to produce a report on Garland’s nomination even though Senate Republicans are blocking confirmation hearings for Garland.

The committee canvassed judges and lawyers nationwide for comments on Garland, and several reading groups examined all of Garland’s rulings on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and his other writings.The report was sent to the White House, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the U.S. Justice Department and the nominee. The White House released the report and the ABA committee posted it on its web site on Tuesday. “Lawyers and judges uniformly praised the nominee’s integrity,” Walker wrote in the report, adding that “Most remarkably, in interviews with hundreds of individuals in the legal profession and community who knew Judge Garland, whether for a few years or decades, not one person uttered a negative word about him.” — Tony Mauro

An American Bar Association committee on Tuesday ranked U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland as “well qualified” for the high court — its highest rating for judicial nominees. “Judge Garland is a pre-eminent member of the legal profession with outstanding legal ability and exceptional breadth of experience,” said Karol Corbin Walker, chair of the ABA’s standing committee on the federal judiciary. The association has investigated the background of federal judicial nominees and ranked them since 1953.

“He meets the highest standards of integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament,” Walker said. Walker, a shareholder in LeClairRyan ‘s Newark office, said in April that her 15-member committee was determined to produce a report on Garland’s nomination even though Senate Republicans are blocking confirmation hearings for Garland.

The committee canvassed judges and lawyers nationwide for comments on Garland, and several reading groups examined all of Garland’s rulings on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and his other writings.The report was sent to the White House, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the U.S. Justice Department and the nominee. The White House released the report and the ABA committee posted it on its web site on Tuesday. “Lawyers and judges uniformly praised the nominee’s integrity,” Walker wrote in the report, adding that “Most remarkably, in interviews with hundreds of individuals in the legal profession and community who knew Judge Garland, whether for a few years or decades, not one person uttered a negative word about him.” — Tony Mauro