March 17, 2015

Clerking at the Supreme Court

Clare Cushman, Supreme Court Historical Society, has published 'Lost' Clerks of the White Court Era. Here is the abstract.

While studies of early Supreme Court clerks have focused on the scholarly Justices (Horace Gray, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo) who hired clerks from elite law schools and mentored them on to successful careers after one or two terms, most Justices in the White Court era employed private secretaries, who, although graduates of local D.C. law schools, performed mainly clerical work and often stayed with their Justice for many years before becoming government lawyers. Wide variations in tenure, promotion, and remuneration existed for the White Court era clerks while they served the Supreme Court.
Download the paper from SSRN at the link.

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