Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday selected Judge Merrick Garland, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama, to serve as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
The chief judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will oversee the committee responsible for heading the policy-making body of the federal court system. Roberts is the presiding officer of the conference and selected Garland to run the "senior executive arm" of the conference, which makes recommendations to Congress regarding legislation involving the judiciary.
Obama nominated Garland for the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia's death. After the Senate chose not to hold a hearing or vote on Garland's nomination, President Trump tapped Justice Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat.