2010-11 Clerkship Season
Thanks to ATL and the comments on last year's site, here's an updated slate of SCOTUS hires:OCTOBER TERM 2009 SUPREME COURT CLERK HIRES (as of April 15, 2009)Chief Justice John G. Roberts1. Roman Martinez (Yale 2008 / Kavanaugh)2. James M. McDonald (UVA 2007 / Sutton)3. Stephen Sachs (Yale 2007 / S. Williams)4. Erik Zimmerman (Stanford 2007 / Wilkinson)Justice John Paul Stevens1. Hyland Hunt (U. Michigan 2008 / D. Ginsburg)2. Adam Jed (Harvard 2008 / Calabresi)3. Merritt McAlister (University of Georgia 2007 / Anderson (11th Cir.))4. David Pozen (Yale 2007 / Garland)Justice Antonin Scalia1. Jonathan Bond (GWU 2008 / Sutton)2. Steven Lehotsky (Harvard 2002 / D. Ginsburg)3. Daniel M. Sullivan (U. Chicago 2008 / O'Scannlain)4. Katherine Twomey (UVA 2008 / Wilkinson)Justice Anthony M. Kennedy1. Daniel Epps (Harvard 2008 / Wilkinson)2. Allon Kedem (Yale 2005 / Leval / Kravitz (D. Conn.))3. Scott Keller (University of Texas 2007 / Kozinski)4. Misha Tseytlin (Georgetown 2006 / Kozinski / Brown (D.C. Cir.))Justice David H. Souter1. ?2. ?3. ?4. ?Justice Clarence Thomas1. Tyler R. Green (U. Utah 2005 / McConnell / Cassell (D. Utah))2. Brian Morrissey (Notre Dame 2007 / O'Scannlain)3. Elizabeth Papez (Harvard 1999 / Boggs)4. Marah Stith (Yale 2006 / O'Scannlain)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg1. Elizabeth Barchas (Harvard 2008 / Garland)2. Pamela Bookman (UVA 2006 / Sack)3. Vincent Levy (Columbia 2007 / D. Ginsburg)4. John Rappaport (Harvard 2006 / Reinhardt)Justice Stephen G. Breyer1. Andrew Crespo (Harvard 2008 / Reinhardt)2. Bessie Dewar (Yale 2006 / W. Fletcher / L. Pollak (E.D. Pa.))3. Chris Fonzone (Harvard 2007 / Wilkinson)4. Jennifer Nou (Yale 2008 / Posner)Justice Samuel Alito1. Amit Agarwal (Georgetown / Kavanaugh)2. K. Winn Allen (UVA / Sutton)3. Jaynie Randall (Yale 2006 / M. Patel (N.D. Cal.) / Cabranes)4. Lucas Townsend (Seton Hall 2004 / Ackerman (D.N.J.) / Trump Barry)Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (retired):1. Joshua Deahl (U. Michigan 2006 / Benavides)OCTOBER TERM 2010 SUPREME COURT CLERK HIRES (as of April 15, 2009)Chief Justice John G. Roberts1. ?2. ?3. ?4. ?Justice John Paul Stevens1. ?2. ?3. ?4. ?Justice Antonin Scalia1. ?2. ?3. ?4. ?Justice Anthony M. Kennedy1. Richard Re (Yale 2008 / Kavanaugh)2. ?3. ?4. ?Justice David H. Souter1. ?2. ?3. ?4. ?Justice Clarence Thomas1. ?2. ?3. ?4. ?Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg1. Amy Bergquist (U. Minnesota 2007 / W. Fletcher / J. Tunheim (D. Minn.))2. David Newman (Yale 2006 / Katzmann / Rakoff (S.D.N.Y.))3. ? (Harvard 2009 / Garland (D.C. Cir.))4. ?Justice Stephen G. Breyer1. Erika Myers (Stanford 2008 / Kozinski)2. Brian Netter (Yale 2006 / Rogers (D.C. Cir.))3. Natalie Ram (Yale 2008 / Calabresi)4. David Zionts (Harvard 2008 / Garland)Justice Samuel Alito1. ?2. ?3. ?4. ?Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (retired):1. ?
Justice Ginsburg is D-O-N-E. Her last clerk is from Columbia.I've heard of a few Scalia interviews, but haven't heard of anyone being hired yet.
What judge for the final RBG hire?
Brown (D.C. Cir.)
AMK hired a HLS '09 grad for OT 2010. Judge = Posner.
Is AMK interviewing others at this point?
Doesn't seem like it.
Isn't Stevens usually done by now? Any news on his hires?
With so many of the Justices out of town, does hiring activity basically halt during the summer? Or will screening interviews and even real interviews continue?
Scalia has hired Matt Owen, Michigan ('08)/Gorsuch for 2010. Stevens has hired Sam Ermen, Michigan ('08)/Garland for 2010.
that cannot be right
Why can't it be right? Also, Scalia is done.
Any details on the other three hires?
yes, look on above the law.
Does anyone have information about Sotomayor's plan for hiring clerks?
So what gives with JPS? If he's hired one, he's not retiring. But he's almost always done by now. Are we really just ignorant of the identities of the last three clerks?
If he's only hired one, he may well be retiring.
So who are Soto's current clerks?
How does one apply for these internships? The US SC website lists an internship program but it isn't to work on current cases or with the judges.
Sotomayor has already hired at least 1 new clerk for 2009 (not a 2009 appellate hire)
8:38, is it one of her former clerks or a new hire?
Fmr SDNY & 2nd Cir, but not Sotomayor
Sotomayor has hired all of her clerks for 2009. 2 clerked on SCOTUS last term for other justices (Stevens and Ginsburg). One is the Katzmann clerk mentioned above. The 4th is an S. Williams (DC Cir.) clerk.
Sonia is the only newly appointed justice who did not hire ANY of her former law clerks! Am i the only one to think this is pathetic? The last crop of her clerks were super nice and tolerated her for an entire year, only to have to bow out of the race in favor of people who ALREADY have a SCOTUS clerkship experience?! WTF sonia? that's how close she is to her clerks? And what would the people who have already clerked for a scotus justice gain from another year at the court? Clerking offers a learning experience, of which sonia decided to deprive her own clerks. Faux pas.
Very interesting, 10:04, that you think her clerks are somehow "entitled" to clerk for her at the Court. The sample size of "newly appointed justices" is small, and both Roberts and Alito got *better* clerks at the circuit level than she did, which makes the decision to hire them again less surprising. If California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno were nominated, would have to bring his state court clerks along, notwithstanding the fact that his clerks have nowhere near the credentials of those he could hire? Her obligation, if any, is to get the best clerks possible so that she does the best job possible, and hiring holdovers from last Term has that effect. No applicant is better prepared to help SS through her first year than someone who has been through it already.
Agree strongly with 12:37. Of course the first year in any new job is daunting, let alone one with this visibility and pressure, and getting as much experienced assistance as possible is key. The comments expressed in 10:04's posting evince a lack of decorum and a childish sense of entitlement, indicating a loss of focus on what's really important here.
Although 10:04's comments are silly, one can take the "merit" argument too far. The fact is that neither merit nor entitlement are dominant concerns for justices in hiring, although either may be a threshold issue. That is, certain clerks are certainly hired because of who they know, rather than their credentials. Also, it is clearly incorrect that Alito pulled the same caliber clerks as Roberts when both were Circuit Court judges (although whether the minor differences in academic credentials mean anything outside of the world of clerkship applications is questionable).
Any word on Roberts, Alito, or Thomas?
CT is done; Alito has done interviews.
Anyone heard anything about Chief Justice Roberts?
Roberts is doing interviews this week.
What about Kennedy?
Any news of Scalia for the 2010 term? Also, has there been speculations over Stevens' retirement? I heard that he has only hired one clerk so far.
O'Connor hired Mich grad
2:26 is thinking of her clerk for this term, O'Connor has not hired for 2010.
By the way, John O'Connor, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's husband, passed away Wednesday, 11 November, for complications from Alzheimer's. He was 79. No doubt why O'Connor has yet to hire a clerk. Pray for her indeed, if you do aspire to a sweet clerkship.
Anyone heard of outreach by the AMK screeners yet? It's getting a little late if they haven't moved, no?
Thomas hired a Texas alum who clerked for Chief Judge Jones (5th Cir.) last year.
Law Clerk Addict is saying that AMK screeners are moving.
Any word on Sotomayor?
AMK is done.
Is Breyer doing anything this year?
Law clerk addict has a more comprehensive list on their main page.
Roberts is done hiring for OT10.
Sotomayor is interviewing.
Sure. Soto is done, as is SOC. And JGR hired 1 for next year.
JGR hired one for 2011-2012? I don't think so.
Yes, JGR hired one for 2011-12 -- HLS 3L/Kavanaugh. ATL needs to do an update.
Do you know when JGR interviewed?
I think it was a one-off thing. The offer was in very late Jan/early Feb I think, and I imagine the interview was the same time, maybe the same day.
Does anyone know if it's true that Scalia is reviewing? Has he made any calls re: interviews?
Don't know if it's true this time around, but in recent years he has started moving around April with interviews, almost always beginning with a slew of interviews with female candidates.
Reported on Law Clerk Addict that some time ago, RBG hired a Georgetown alum/Tatel clerk for OT 2011. I know this to be true.
Scalia has scheduled interviews.
What about SGB?
Any idea where the Scalia interviews are from? Alums or 3Ls?
Breyer has also scheduled interviews
Re Scalia: At least one alum and at least one 3L that I know of. Presumably there are others.
What about Thomas interviews for OT 2011 -- have they already happened?
Do you know where the Scalia 3L is from? And where are Breyer's from?
So is Scalia done scheduling interviews?
No, after he doesn't hire his slew of female candidates he'll extend other interview offers.
Does Breyer use ex-clerk screeners or does his chambers review applications?
I know of at least one guy Scalia has scheduled an interview with -- they're not all with women.
Any info on the schools/judges for Scalia interviews?
Is the guy that Scalia is interviewing a 3L or an alum?
Does anyone know AS's usual timetable for offering clerkships after interviews? Does he usually inform candidates on the spot? Within a week or so? A month? Longer?
AS is interviewing at least one guy whose a 3L.
I don't think people who have interviews (but don't yet know if they've got the position) would want their information (school/judge) out there.
Any word re: RBG? Shouldn't she be filling her last two spots pretty soon? Since she's already hired from Cal and Georgetown, history suggests the last two spots will go to a HLS woman and a CLS alum.
she did indeed hire an HLS woman already
Any word yet from AS's interviews?
Does anyone know how much time typically elapses between an interview with AS and a response (offer)? Does he usually wait until he has completed a set of interviews or does he make decisions on a "rolling" basis?
Last year, all the decisions were at roughly the same time, late June/early July. Interviews began way before that, and he interviewed lots and lots of folks.
AS has been conducting interviews (not sure when he will finish). As the above post suggests, he typically waits until he has interviewed several candidates (probably two or three per spot) and then chooses four.
If you have not already gotten an interview for OT-2011 from any of the Justices, should you assume you're not going to at all?
No, obviously not. Most of the Justices haven't even thought about interviewing, not to mention the fact that at least one of the OT11 Justices hasn't even been confirmed yet.
Does anyone know if AS is done with the interviews that he scheduled a few months back or does he still have a few scheduled but not yet conducted? I know that several interviews have already been completed, but I don't know if there are any left to go.
AMK hired a umich girl, '10 grad, for OT11.
Judge for the AMK hire?
Is this atypical for Kennedy? I had heard he usually does not get started until later.
Scalia hired a YLS '10 Kavanaugh clerk
Judge of Michigan girl for AMK?
Has anyone heard anything? When should we expect to see some movement again?
Stuff has been happening.
Stuff = interviews or offers? Anyone besides Scalia?
Scalia and RBG have hired at least three. Scalie hired HLS and UVAx2. AMK hired one and rumors are that he is interviewing. Anything else?
Scalia has hired four -- YLS, HLS, and UVAx2.
heard Breyer hired a Georgetown grad for OT11
Judge for Breyer hire? Has he been interviewing?
Has Thomas been interviewing at all yet?
Thomas hired two today. One of them is for 2011, the other for 2012. Both wilkinson, one uva, one nw.
anyone heard whether Roberts filled his last two spots?
Roberts filled at least one of his final spots with a former Niemeyer clerk.
school for the Niemeyer clerk?
Forget about 2010-11 Notification, should have 2011-2012 Notification by now. Agree?