Last fall, during Constitution Week, The Center for Constitutional Studies held a conference on Justice Antonin Scalia's Legacy and the Supreme Court. Of course, the big question at that time was who would be selected to fill Justice Scalia's seat. This week, President Donald Trump has nominated 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Judge Gorsuch was appointed to the 10th Circuit Court in 2006 by a unanimous confirmation vote. While he has not ruled in any cases on same sex marriage or abortion, two of the hot topics of discussion recently, he has ruled in a number of cases that give us an idea of his judicial philosophy. He was in the majority that ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby in a case about certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a ruling that was later upheld by the Supreme Court. He also gave a lecture last April, titled “Of Lions and Bears, Judges and Legislators, and the Legacy of Justice Scalia,” in which he spoke of the late Justice Scalia in glowing terms and said he was an example of how judges should approach their work.
Judge Gorsuch hails from Colorado and makes his home in the Denver area. His parents were both attorneys and his mother headed the Environmental Protection Agency during the Reagan Administration, hence his teenage years were spent Washington D.C. He received a BA from Columbia University and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. He also earned a doctorate from Oxford University.