Chicago native Merrick Garland is the president’s pick to be the next Supreme Court justice.
Garland was born in Chicago, and went to high school at Niles West in Skokie.
When he was 17, Garland volunteered for retired Judge Abner Mikva’s first congressional campaign.
Mikva says they’ve kept in touch ever since.
“He was a brilliant law student at Harvard, he’s been brilliant in everything he’s done. And his opinions are masterpieces,” Mikva said.
Garland ended up succeeding Mikva on the Washington D.C. federal appeals court.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged not to give Garland a nomination hearing.
Despite the political controversy, Mikva says he believes Garland stands a “reasonable chance” of being confirmed.