Judge Gorsuch was appointed to the 10th Circuit in 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Prior to his appointment to the 10th Circuit, Judge Gorsuch was the principal deputy to the associate attorney general and acting associate attorney general at theU.S. Department of Justice from 2005-2006, an attorney in private practice from 1995-2005, a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from 1994-1995, and a law clerk to Hon. David B. Sentelle of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1991-1992. Judge Gorsuch received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1991 and his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1988. He also has a doctorate degree in philosophy, which he received from Oxford University in 1994.
Judge Gorsuch has been compared to the late Justice Scalia, in part because of his writing style. Judge Gorsuch tends to stray from the typical judicial opinion format of summary – background – applicable law – analysis – conclusion; his opinions frequently include narrative-style stories of the parties and are peppered with more colloquial language. Eric Citron wrote a profile of Judge Gorsuch for SCOTUSblog, in which he described the judge’s writing style as “exceptionally clear and routinely entertaining; he is an unusual pleasure to read.”
Congratulations to Judge Gorsuch on his nomination.