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NEIL M. Gorsuch is an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. President Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch, and he took his seat on April 10, 2017.

Gorsuch has served as a law clerk to Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and as a law clerk to Justice Byron White and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. From 1995–2005, he was in private practice, and from 2005–2006 he was principal deputy associate attorney general at the United States Department of Justice.

Gorsuch was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 2006. He served on the Standing Committee on Rules for Practice and Procedure of the United States Judicial Conference, and as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Gorsuch, a native of Denver, earned a BA from Columbia University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a D.Phil. from Oxford University. He taught at the University of Colorado Law School.

Gorsuch and his wife Louise, a native of Great Britain, have two daughters.

Gorsuch’s mother, Anne Irene McGill, was born on April 21, 1942, in Casper, Wyoming. Her father, an Irish Catholic surgeon, Dr. J.J. McGill, with Donegal roots, married another Irish American, Dorothy O’Grady. Dr. McGill moved the family to Denver from Wyoming when Anne was an infant.





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