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Neil Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Assumed office
August 8, 2006
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by David Ebel
Personal details
Born (1967-08-29) August 29, 1967
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Alma mater Columbia University
Harvard University
University College, Oxford

Neil McGill Gorsuch (born August 29, 1967 in Denver, Colorado) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.[1] He is the son of Anne Burford, the first female head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.


  • Background 1
  • Tenth Circuit nomination and confirmation 2
  • References 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5


Gorsuch graduated from the B.A. from Columbia University (where he was co-founder and first chief editor of the alternative newspaper The Fed and won a Truman Scholarship). He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and Doctorate of Legal Philosophy from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar at University College.

Gorsuch clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1991–1992, and then for United States Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy from 1993-1994.

From 1995-2005, Judge Gorsuch was in private practice with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel. He was a Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2005 until 2006.

His first book, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, was published by Princeton University Press in July 2006.

Tenth Circuit nomination and confirmation

Gorsuch was nominated by President United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit vacated by Judge David M. Ebel (also a former clerk of Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White) who took Senior status in 2006. Gorsuch was confirmed just over two months later on July 20, 2006 by voice vote in the U.S. Senate.[2] Gorsuch was President Bush's fifth appointment to the Tenth Circuit.

Since he took office, Gorsuch has sent many of his law clerks on to become Supreme Court clerks, and he is regarded as a "feeder judge."[3]


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  2. ^ "Gorsuch wins Senate confirmation," Denver Post, July 20, 2006.
  3. ^ See Feeder_judge#Feeder_judges.

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External links

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Preceded by
David Ebel
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
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