Neil Gorsuch is a federal judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He joined the court in 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush and is most noted for being the lead judge in a 2009 case over Yellowstone National Parks’ snowmobile traffic. He earned his bachelor’s from Columbia University in 1988 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991 and then his D.Phil. From the University of Oxford in 2004.
After graduating from Harvard Law, Gorsuch was a law clerk on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy before going to private practice in 1995. He worked in private law until 2005 before becoming principal deputy, associate attorney general for the US Department of Justice. Gorsuch was nominated by President Bush in May of 2006 to the Court of Appeals for a seat vacated by David Ebel. The American Bar Association rated him well qualified and he was confirmed by the Senate and received his commission later in the year.
Gorsuch’s name is frequently mentioned as a potential Supreme Court nominee and is considered to be one of the “safest choices” that the Trump administration might put forth because he is considered to be more “moderate” than other candidates on DOnald J. Trump’s list.
Gorsuch wrote The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia and was published by Princeton University Press in 2006. He is also the co-author of The Law of Judicial Precedent.