18 Things every American need to know about Neil Gorsuch

A judge who reaches every outcome he wishes is likely a very bad judge," he said after Trump introduced him from the East Room of the White House in a televised address.

President Trump nominated federal Judge Neil M. Gorsuch on Tuesday to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Antonin Scalia.Here are a few things you need to know about Gorsuch.

  1. He has a solidly conservative pedigree
  2. Gorsuch clerked for two Supreme Court justices and worked in President George W. Bush's Justice Department before being appointed to the federal bench
  3. He has authored a series of sharply written, conservative opinions. His mother, Anne, ran President
  4. His mother, Anne, ran President Ronald Reagan's Environmental Protection Agency.
  5. Gorsuch is also a favourite among liberals and others in the Colorado legal community for his fair-mindedness and defence of the underdog.
  6. A judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver,.
  7. Gorsuch lives in the hyper-liberal college town of Boulder and teaches at the University of Colorado's law school there.
  8. According to some of his students, Gorsuch, is described as an "eager mentor, always solicitous of students' opinions , a brilliant mind and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the justice system"
  9. Gorsuch is a Colorado native who earned his bachelor's degree from Columbia University in three years, then earned a law degree from Harvard.
  10. He clerked for Supreme Court Justices Byron White, a fellow Coloradan, and Anthony Kennedy before earning a philosophy degree at Oxford University and working for a prominent Washington, D.C., law firm.
  11. He served for two years in Bush's Justice Department before Bush appointed him to a seat on the 10th Circuit in 2006.
  12. His mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, served as administrator of the EPA, but she was forced to resign 1983 amid a scandal involving the mismanagement of a $1.6 billion program to clean up hazardous waste dumps. Burford was cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over Superfund records, which she claimed were protected by executive privilege.
  13.  More recently, he sided with two groups that successfully challenged the Obama administration's requirements that employers provide health insurance that includes contraception.
  14. A United states Citizen by the name of Lane, praised Gorsuch as fair and open-minded. Lane won a $1.8 million jury verdict against the Denver Police Department in a brutality and wrongful arrest case. The city appealed and the case ended up before Gorsuch. Lane said Gorsuch tore into the city's lawyers and urged them to go to mediation rather than drag out appeals for years to deny the plaintiffs their reward. The mediation led the case to be settled for $1.6 million.Gorsuch has also drawn attention for siding with religious employers against the Obama administration's requirement that they provide health insurance that covers contraception. He also wrote a book arguing against assisted suicide.
  15. He also wrote a book arguing against assisted suicide.
  16. Marcy Glenn, a Denver attorney and Democrat, recalls two cases before Goresuch in which she represented underdogs -- a college student facing criminal libel charges for mocking a professor, which Gorsuch said should be dropped, and homeowners suing over illnesses stemming from an old nuclear weapons facility outside Denver whose class action lawsuit Gorsuch revived in a novelistic, 52-page ruling that begins: "Harnessing nuclear energy is a delicate business." "He issued a decision that most certainly focused on the little guy," Glenn said.
  17. Gorsuch has written 175 majority opinions and 65 concurrences or dissents in his decade on the 10th Circuit.
  18. He has assets ranging from $3.1 million to $7.25 million. He earned $26,000 for his law school duties and another $5,300 in book royalties that year.

 Gorsuch is also a notable advocate for simplifying the justice system to make it more accessible. "Legal services in this country are so expensive that the United States ranks near the bottom of developed nations when it comes to access to counsel in civil cases," Gorsuch wrote in a journal article last year. "The real question is what to do about it."

Fun Fact: Gorsuch is also an avid skier, fly fisherman and horseback rider, Kourlis said. He teaches at the University of Colorado's law school in Boulder.


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