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August 31, 2006

More on clerk diversity and SCOTUS sentencing work

Following up Linda Greenhouse's recent article about the dearth of female Supreme Court clerks, Dahlia Lithwick has this cool piece up at Slate entitled "Clerked Around: Is there a major girl crisis in Supreme Court hiring?"  I call the piece cool in part because Dahlia is kind enough to reference my long-ago comments on the topic here when I was guest-blogging at PrawfsBlawg. 

My PrawfsBlawg post, which focused on the "feeder judge" dynamic, suggested that "the perspectives and insights of the clerks as a group would be greatly enhanced if more came from state court clerkships or district court clerkships or even positions in other government branches."  Not only do I think that greater "feeder" diversity would be good for the work of the Court as a whole, I think it would be especially valuable for the Court's sentencing work.  As I (sometimes) highlight on this blog, there are so many important sentencing issues beyond the death penalty and the federal guidelines that might benefit from SCOTUS attention, but a cadre of clerks from the federal circuit courts typically only get to see a tiny slice of the sentencing universe.

Some related posts about clerks, the cert pool and SCOTUS's docket:

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William Brennan would not hire female law clerks.


From an academic (a political scientist, not a law professor) who blog is a hobby.

Posted by: John McAdams | Sep 16, 2006 8:02:14 PM

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