Merrick Garland as the next Supreme Court Justice

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Michael Teter is available to discuss the merits of Merrick Garland as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice —as well as how Garland’s appointment will change the court’s make-up and political considerations that factor into the process. He is available by calling 801-674-4516 or email:

Professor Teter joined the faculty at the University of Utah as an associate professor of law in 2011. Prior to that, he was a visiting professor of politics at Pomona College and a teaching fellow in the Federal Legislation & Administrative Clinic at Georgetown Law.

Professor Teter received his B.A. in Politics from Pomona College and his J.D. from Yale Law School. After law school, Professor Teter worked as a union-side labor lawyer in Los Angeles before joining the presidential campaign of John Kerry in 2003, working in Iowa, Washington State, and California, before serving as the Kerry-Edwards Wisconsin State Field Director. He directed the re-election campaign of Senator Herb Kohl before going to work as a litigation associate at Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington.

Professor Teter’s research focuses on the intersection of constitutional structures and the legislative process, as well as on the role politics plays in the U.S. legal system. He has published in such journals as Southern California Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, and Harvard Journal on Legislation, among others.

Professor Teter maintains a robust pro bono practice, with cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the California Supreme Court.

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