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Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: The Complete Clerk Roster For October Term 2018

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Supreme Court Clerk Hallway originalWhereas we anticipate the Supreme Court affirmation hearings of Decide Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit to get underway, let’s flip to a associated matter that we haven’t coated since Might: Supreme Court clerk hiring.

We now have the complete roster of SCOTUS clerks for October Term 2018 — and never a second too quickly, because the clerks at the moment are altering over and the official begin of the Term is just some brief weeks away. A few of you have got already seen these names on Twitter — comply with @SCOTUSambitions, which gives nearer to real-time clerk hiring information — however this submit brings them collectively multi functional place.

Earlier than we get to the names, although, let’s start with our customary roundup of clerk-related information:

1. The “orphaned” Kennedy clerks. Inquiring minds need to know: what’s occurring to the 4 clerks that Justice Kennedy employed for OT 2018? In a narrative about them a couple of weeks in the past, Tony Mauro predicted that “if court tradition holds, the four won’t be jobless for long” — and that prediction has come to cross.

For the upcoming Term, Aimee Brown will work within the chambers of Justice Samuel A. Alito, Alex Kazam will work within the chambers of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, and Conrad Scott will work within the chambers of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The solely really “orphaned” clerk is Clayton Kozinski, however word that he’s a former Kavanaugh clerk — which means that if Decide Kavanaugh turns into Justice Kavanaugh, Clayton might find yourself clerking for him on the Court, whether or not for OT 2018 or a future Term. [UPDATE (eight/three/2018, 12:44 a.m.): Clayton Kozinski will clerk for Justice Kennedy in OT 2019, so he’s additionally not an “orphan.”]

As for Sarah Sloan, the clerk to retired Justice John Paul Stevens who was slated to work as a fifth clerk in Justice Kennedy’s chambers, she shall be going to work within the chambers of Justice Elena Kagan. So it appears that evidently SCOTUS might be very nicely staffed for the upcoming Term.

(A caveat: these preparations for the Kennedy clerks usually are not utterly finalized and will change between now and the official begin of the Term. The Court has not but launched its official listing of October Term 2018 regulation clerks, so nothing has been set in stone. We’ll replace this submit if and once we obtain new or totally different details about the destiny of the AMK clerks.)

Right here’s some hypothesis on my half. Why did Justice Kennedy make his retirement efficient July 31 — after the top of the Court’s Term, and when nothing a lot is occurring at One First Road? Because it seems, SCOTUS clerks flip over through the month of July. By remaining an “active” justice for the month of July, Justice Kennedy presumably entitled himself to the complete complement of 4 clerks — i.e., 4 finances strains for his clerk employees. So this shrewd transfer on AMK’s half protected his hires from unemployment (or from having to be squeezed right into a colleague’s future clerk class), because the cash for his or her salaries was budgeted prematurely.

Will Justice Kennedy have yet one more clerk who will work for him as a retired justice? Clerks to retired justices assist out their bosses on numerous tasks, corresponding to speeches and books and instances the justice hears in circuit courts, and get farmed out to lively justices to work on deserves instances. It’s not clear whether or not the justice may have a fourth clerk or whether or not he’ll obtain such help from his three hires already at One First Road (Brown, Kazam, and Scott). When you’ve got info to share on this rating, please e-mail me (topic line “SCOTUS Clerk Hiring”).

2. SCOTUS Clerkship Bonuses. The signing bonuses that regulation companies pay to woo Supreme Court clerks simply carry on heading greater. Contemplating the current pay raises and summer time bonuses for “regular” Biglaw associates, this isn’t surprising — however understand that SCOTUS clerks will profit from the raises too, since they typically receives a commission base salaries that mirror the seniority degree mirrored of their regulation faculty commencement yr.

Or perhaps it’s surprising, contemplating how big the SCOTUS clerk bonuses already have been? Once we final checked in, the going price was $350,000, delivered to market by the powerhouse litigation boutique of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz and subsequently matched by everybody else (a rise from $330,000). However now we’re listening to that the bonuses are nonetheless climbing.

Many companies are nonetheless at $350Okay, however upon info and perception, no less than six companies are providing $400,000, to at the very least a few of their SCOTUS clerk recruits: Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Orrick, Paul Weiss, Skadden Arps, and Susman Godfrey. As well as, some or all of those companies require only a one-year dedication to obtain the complete $400Okay (and a few of them had a one-year coverage final yr too). This issues as a result of, at many different companies, a former SCOTUS clerk should stick round for 2 years to get the complete bonus, giving up some prorated portion of the bonus for leaving early.

three. The Regulation Clerk Hiring Plan. This isn’t about SCOTUS clerk hiring particularly, however it’s fairly related as a result of it impacts feeder-judge hiring. The new and improved Regulation Clerk Hiring Plan, introduced in March by 4 chief judges of outstanding circuit courts, continues to select up Supreme supporters.

In June, Justice Sonia Sotomayor introduced that she “will pay close attention” to who’s adhering to the Plan and who just isn’t — and “react accordingly” relating to hiring. She joins Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan in supporting the Plan, which means that all the “liberal” wing of the Court is now on report as pro-Plan. So I’d anticipate the Plan, a minimum of in its first few years, to get respectable traction, particularly amongst regulation college students who aspire to clerk for one of many liberal justices — and the feeder judges who ship clerks to the left wing of the Court. (In case you’re fascinated about general tendencies in regulation clerk hiring, take a look at this fascinating report from Professor Derek Muller, Federal Judicial Clerkship Report of Current Regulation Faculty Graduates – 2018 Version.)

Shifting on, let’s flip to paint commentary on the newest hires:

1. Feeder faculties. Supreme Court clerks proceed to return from a handful of elite faculties. For OT 2018, there are 37 clerks (counting the three farmed-out AMK clerks, however not Clayton Kozinski). They arrive from simply 14 faculties — and three faculties, the “HYS” trinity of Harvard, Stanford, and Yale, produced 25 out of 37 clerks (68 %). Yale leads the best way with 12 clerks, Harvard has 9, and Stanford has 4. Just one different faculty, Chicago, has multiple (two clerks complete).

2. Feeder judges. There’s far more variety on the feeder decide entrance, however that’s largely a perform of what number of clerks do two (or extra) clerkships earlier than arriving at SCOTUS. The 37 clerks for OT 2018 come from 41 totally different lower-court judges. The judges with multiple clerk on the Court for the upcoming Term are Judges Kavanaugh (6), Griffith (three), Srinivasan (three), Tatel (three), Garland (2), Katsas (2), Pryor (2), Feinerman (2), Oetken (2), and Sullivan (2). Out of these ten judges, a whopping six sit on the Most Holy D.C. Circuit: Judges Kavanaugh, Griffith, Srinivasan, Tatel, Garland, and Katsas. Three are district judges: Judges Feinerman (N.D. Unwell.), Oetken (S.D.N.Y.), and Sullivan (S.D.N.Y., however on his solution to the Second Circuit). [UPDATE (eight/three/2018, 12:44 a.m.): This paragraph has been edited to right the variety of Kavanaugh clerks (six fairly than 5) and so as to add Decide Katsas (with two clerks on the Court this Term).]

When it comes to feeders of the longer term, and taking a look at each the OT 2018 and OT 2019 lists, word the feeder-judge debuts of Judges Elrod (fifth Cir.), Hamilton (seventh Cir.), Hardiman (3d Cir.), Tymkovich (10th Cir.), Willett (fifth Cir.), Chhabria (N.D. Cal.), Friedrich (D.D.C.), Moody (M.D. Fl.), and Cuéllar (Cal.). Going ahead, I’d be curious to see if we see extra feeding from Decide Hardiman, who raised his profile as a two-time SCOTUS finalist, and Decide Willett, who raised his profile by means of tweeting (@JusticeWillett, reflecting his former place as a justice of the Texas Supreme Court; alas, since becoming a member of the Fifth Circuit, his Twitter feed has gone silent).

Though they’ve despatched clerks to SCOTUS previous to OT 2018, in order that they don’t rely as “debut” feeder judges, I’d additionally control Judges Barron (1st Cir.), Ikuta (ninth Cir.), Moss (D.D.C.), and Brinkema (E.D. Va.). All besides Decide Brinkema clerked for the Court themselves, which is more and more widespread amongst feeder judges.

three. Feeder companies. It’s fairly widespread nowadays for clerks to reach at SCOTUS from personal apply, given the numerous paths taken to succeed in the Court these days (a departure from the old style “law school to feeder judge to SCOTUS” path). I’ve written earlier than about so-called “feeder firms”, locations like Williams & Connolly and Gibson Dunn that excel at minting SCOTUS clerks.

To this listing, add Munger Tolles. Its California workplaces are already in style locations for SCOTUS clerks who go west post-clerkship, and now its D.C. workplace — which is lower than three years previous, and has solely a dozen or so legal professionals — is sending two associates, Yale Regulation Faculty grads Celia Choy and Dahlia Mignouna, to Justice Breyer for OT 2019.

Former U.S .Solicitor Common Donald Verrilli Jr., one of many founding companions of MTO’s Washington outpost, described Choy and Mignouna to Tony Mauro as “brilliant lawyers” who additionally mirror the values of “diversity and inclusiveness and equity” which are essential to the workplace. Choy is an Asian-American lady and Mignouna is an African-American lady, which suggests they match proper in at Munger D.C. — greater than half of its 12 legal professionals are ladies, and a 3rd are minorities.

David Casazza (by way of Claremont Institute)

four. Mr. Irrelevant. Annually — in keeping with our little custom right here at ATL, impressed by the NFL draft’s Mr. Irrelevant — we give additional publicity to the final SCOTUS clerk whose hiring we discover out about. This yr, Mr. Irrelevant is David Casazza. Congratulations, David!

Casazza is a 2015 graduate of Harvard Regulation Faculty and a former regulation clerk to Decide Jennifer Elrod of the Fifth Circuit (who’s, as mentioned above, one to observe as a future feeder decide). As famous on the web site of the Claremont Institute, which awarded him a John Marshall Fellowship — Claremont fellowships usually are not unusual amongst SCOTUS clerks, particularly the conservative clerks — David has an A.B. in Historical past from Princeton, an M.A. in Historical past from Johns Hopkins, and a J.D. from Harvard Regulation Faculty (magna cum laude, natch). At HLS, he served as government vice chairman of the Federalist Society and managing editor of the Harvard Journal of Regulation & Public Coverage. (That’s HLS’s conservative regulation evaluate, aka “the nation’s leading forum for conservative and libertarian legal scholarship,” which boasts such notable alumni as Justice Gorsuch, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Tom Cotton, and the aforementioned Judges Barron and Elrod).

On a extra private degree, David has been described to me as a “terrific person,” with skills that transcend authorized analysis and writing. Throughout his time as a Fifth Circuit clerk, he participated in his Inn of Court’s annual costumed manufacturing, replete with singing and dancing. That yr, the Inn did a tribute to Shakespeare; David wrote a lot of the script, then performed the Bard himself. For the roast or skit that the SCOTUS clerks carry out on the finish of every Term, David feels like he’d be a superb performer to recruit.

And now, in the end, the clerk lists — one for October Term 2018, and one for October Term 2019. We’ve got a handful for October Term 2020 hires (and unconfirmed rumors of even some October Term 2021 hires), however not sufficient to interrupt out a separate listing simply but, in order that they’re listed within the OT 2019 listing.

When you have any corrections to the knowledge showing under, or if in case you have any hiring information we now have not but reported, please attain out by e mail or textual content (646-820-8477). Please embrace the phrases “SCOTUS Clerk Hiring” in your e-mail or textual content message, maybe as the topic line of your e mail or the primary phrases of your textual content, as a result of that’s how I find the following pointers in my overwhelmed inbox (which, fact be informed, I don’t verify as diligently as I used to since shifting from managing editor to editor at giant). Thanks!


Chief Justice John G. Roberts
1. Evelyn Blacklock (Harvard 2016 / Sullivan (S.D.N.Y.) / Kavanaugh)
2. Cole Carter (Harvard 2016 / Sutton / Feinerman (N.D. Ailing.))
three. Julie Siegal (Northwestern 2014 / Feinerman (N.D. Unwell.) / Kavanaugh / Bristow)
four. Mike Clemente (Yale 2016 / Hamilton / Griffith)

Justice Clarence Thomas
1. Russell Balikian (Yale 2012 / Sykes / Katsas)
2. Kathryn Kimball (U. Florida 2012 / W. Pryor / Moody (M.D. Fla.) / Katsas)
three. Madeline Lansky (Chicago 2016 / W. Pryor)
four. Christopher Mills (Harvard 2012 / Sentelle)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
1. Katie Barber (UVA 2015 / Brinkema (E.D. Va.) / Owens)
2. Rachel Bayefsky (Yale 2015 / Rakoff (S.D.N.Y.) / Katzmann)
three. Rebecca Lee (Yale 2016 / Wilkinson / Moss (D.D.C.)
four. Matt Rubenstein (Yale 2014 / Gwin (N.D. Oh.) / Tatel)

Working in Justice Ginsburg’s chambers after being employed by Justice Kennedy: Conrad Scott (Yale 2015 / Watford / Garaufis (E.D.N.Y.)).

Justice Stephen G. Breyer
1. Will Haveman (Stanford 2013 / Motz)
2. Jo-Ann Karhson (Harvard 2014 / Okay.B. Jackson (D.D.C.) / Kavanaugh)
three. Janine Lopez (Harvard 2014 / Garland)
four. Alec Schierenbeck (Stanford 2015 / Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) / Tatel)

Justice Samuel Alito
1. J. Benjamin Aguiñaga (LSU 2015 / Willett (Tex.) / E. Jones)
2. David Casazza (Harvard 2015 / Elrod)
three. Whitney Downs Hermandorfer (GW Regulation 2015 / Kavanaugh / Leon (D.D.C.))
four. Sherif Girgis (Yale 2016 / Griffith)

Working in Justice Alito’s chambers after being employed by Justice Kennedy: Aimee Brown (Chicago 2014 / Griffith).

Justice Sonia Sotomayor
1. Samiyyah Ali (Vanderbilt 2016 / Thapar (E.D. Ky.) / Srinivasan)
2. Michael Skocpol (Stanford 2016 / Feinerman (N.D. Ailing.) / Pillard)
three. Rachel Wilf-Townsend (Yale 2017 / Garland)
four. Michael Zuckerman (Harvard 2017 / Okay.N. Moore)

Justice Elena Kagan
1. Robert Niles (Harvard 2016 / Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) / Tatel)
2. Ashley Robertson (Stanford 2016 / Srinivasan / Boasberg (D.D.C.))
three. Zach Savage (NYU 2013 / Scirica / Furman (S.D.N.Y.))
four. Reema Shah (Yale 2015 / Srinivasan / Bristow Fellow)

Justice Neil M. Gorsuch

1. Ethan Davis (Yale 2008 / O’Scannlain)
2. Paul Mezzina (Harvard 2008 / Kavanaugh / Scalia)
three. Jeff Quilici (Texas 2012 / Gorsuch)
four. Tobi Younger (Mississippi 2003 / Holmes)

Working in Justice Gorsuch’s chambers after being employed by Justice Kennedy: Alex Kazam (Yale 2016 / Kethledge / Sullivan (S.D.N.Y.)).

Justice John Paul Stevens (retired)
1. Sarah Sloan (Columbia 2016 / Friedland / Nathan (S.D.N.Y.))

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (retired):
1. ?

Justice David H. Souter (retired):
1. Sundeep Iyer (Yale 2016 / Kavanaugh)


Chief Justice John G. Roberts
1. Zaki Anwar (Harvard 2017 / Sutton / Srinivasan)
2. David Beylik (Harvard 2018 / Kavanaugh)
three. Megan Braun (Yale 2016 / Brinkema (E.D. Va.) / Katzmann / Bristow)
four. Joseph Falvey (Yale 2017 / D. Friedrich / Griffith)

Justice Clarence Thomas
1. Caroline Prepare dinner (Chicago 2016 / Sykes / Katsas)
2. Brian Lipshutz (Yale 2015 / Pryor / Katsas)
three. Matt Rice (Berkeley 2016 / Ikuta)
four. Laura Wolk (Notre Dame 2016 / J.R. Brown / Hardiman)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
1. Alyssa Barnard (Columbia 2015 / Nathan (S.D.N.Y.) / Katzmann)
2. Marco Basile (Harvard 2015 / Watford / Barron)
three. Susan Pelletier (Harvard 2016 / Garland)
four. Michael Qian (Stanford 2016 / Garland / Bristow Fellow)

Employed by Justice Ginsburg for OT 2020: Jack Boeglin (Yale 2016 / Srinivasan / Calabresi) and David Louk (Yale 2015 / Boasberg (D.D.C.) / Katzmann).

Justice Stephen G. Breyer
1. Celia Choy (Yale 2012 / Rakoff (S.D.N.Y.) / Katzmann)
2. Dahlia Mignouna (Yale 2016 / Srinivasan)
three. Nicholas Rosellini (Stanford 2016 / C. Breyer (N.D. Cal.) / Friedland / Cuellar (Cal.))
four. Eugene Sokoloff (Yale 2012 / Sack)

Justice Samuel Alito
1. ?
2. ?
three. ?
four. ?

Justice Sonia Sotomayor
1. ?
2. ?
three. ?
four. ?

Justice Elena Kagan
1. Jordan Bock (Berkeley 2017 / Friedland / Chhabria (N.D. Cal.))
2. Alex Miller (Harvard 2017 / Moss (D.D.C.) / Griffith)
three. Mica Moore (Chicago 2017 / Fletcher / Chhabria (N.D. Cal.))
four. Zayn Siddique (Yale 2016 / D. Pregerson (C.D. Cal.) / Tatel)

Employed by Justice Kagan for OT 2020: Peter Davis (Stanford 2017 / Srinivasan / Boasberg (D.D.C.)).

Justice Neil M. Gorsuch

1. Michael Francisco (Cornell 2007 / Tymkovich)
2. Kelly Holt (Chicago 2017 / Wilkinson)
three. ?
four. ?

Employed by Justice Gorsuch for OT 2020: Trevor Ezell (Stanford 2017 / Sutton).

Justice John Paul Stevens (retired)
1. ?

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (retired):
1. ?

Justice David H. Souter (retired):
1. ?

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Kennedy’s Retirement Leaves His Future Regulation Clerks in Limbo [National Law Journal]Sotomayor Says She’s Optimistic About New Regulation Clerk Hiring Plan [National Law Journal]Federal Judicial Clerkship Report of Current Regulation Faculty Graduates – 2018 Version [SSRN]Two Munger Tolles Associates Are Heading to SCOTUS for Clerkships [National Law Journal]


DBL square headshotDavid Lat is editor at giant and founding editor of Above the Regulation, in addition to the writer of Supreme Ambitions: A Novel. He beforehand labored as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New Jersey; a litigation affiliate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and a regulation clerk to Decide Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. You’ll be able to join with David on Twitter (@DavidLat), LinkedIn, and Fb, and you may attain him by e-mail at [email protected]