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OT2006 Clerks:
Over at Prettier Than Napoleon, Amber is collecting the names of the OT2006 Supreme Court clerks.
VC Reader:
If Kennedy's clerks are any indication, it looks like he is going to have a conservative term.
1.31.2006 1:29pm
Juan Notwithstanding the Volokh:
What will become of SOC's current clerks, and who will Alito hire?
1.31.2006 2:10pm
VC Reader:
Won't Alito just keep SOC's clerks? They are up to speed on the current caseload and Alito's CA3 clerks aren't. And Alito wouldn't have time to interview, hire and get oriented four new clerks.
1.31.2006 2:33pm
TMZ:
My guess would be that he will keep some of SOC's clerks and bring up some of his CA3 clerks - I guess half and half, but who knows.
1.31.2006 3:20pm
Houston Lawyer:
And people bitched that it was elitist to choose Justices like Alito and Roberts. The Supremes don't appear to cast a very broad net when conducting their clerk search. While they are certainly entitled to hire the best of the best of the best, they should allow other employers to do the same.
1.31.2006 3:40pm
Justin (mail):
Yay, googlestalking. Kennedy has hired a liberterian, an apolitical-as-far-as-I-can-tell clerk to a moderate-liberal judge, a fairly apolitical-with-possible-liberterian ties clerk to a moderate-conservative judge, and Kozinski's clerk, who Google provides no guidance.

Par for the course for Kennedy. What on God's green earth makes you think that Kennedy's CLERKS will affect his voting patterns?
1.31.2006 6:42pm
Gil Milbauer (mail) (www):
I just want to know if Sasha Volokh will be clerking for Alito.
1.31.2006 6:58pm
JamesT:
Without looking at the list, I predict it will contain many Harvard and Yale alums, the majority coming from schools on the east and west coasts, and the closest thing to the midwest will be one or two clerks from Chicago/Northwestern/Michigan, and maybe, maybe one from Texas.
1.31.2006 11:02pm
VC Reader:

What on God's green earth makes you think that Kennedy's CLERKS will affect his voting patterns?

Rumors.
1.31.2006 11:14pm
Justin (mail):
Those rumors are absolutely absurd. You'd think Kennedy didn't graduate from high school, instead of being on Harvard Law Review, and having a long, stellar career on the 9th Circuit before being promoted to the high court.
1.31.2006 11:56pm
honeybadger (mail):
Some people *need* to believe Justice Kennedy and Justice Thomas are intellectual lightweights. Gratuitously cutting down and psychologizing people they've never met (and never will) makes the burden of knowing they'll never be on the court themselves a little easier to bear.

Bottom line: the only person who really knows who influences Justice Kennedy (and when, where, and why) is the Justice himself. Everyone else--clerks included-- is just armchair quarterbacking.
2.1.2006 12:41am
VC Reader:
Justin: "Yay, googlestalking. Kennedy has hired a liberterian, an apolitical-as-far-as-I-can-tell clerk to a moderate-liberal judge, a fairly apolitical-with-possible-liberterian ties clerk to a moderate-conservative judge, and Kozinski's clerk, who Google provides no guidance."

Who's who and sources? Inquiring minds!
2.1.2006 12:55am
VC Reader:
I (the original "VC Reader" on this post) didn't post the last comment if it matters.
2.1.2006 9:58am
WB:
It doesn't.
2.1.2006 10:28am
VC Reader (the original):
WB--Gee, thanks.

I think it's naive to think that the clerks don't influence the justices' decisions, especially the justices who don't write their own opinions. I'm not the first person to suggest this, and there have certainly been respectable legal scholars who have basically said the same thing.
2.1.2006 11:22am
Dracs Spago (mail):
"I think it's naive to think that the clerks don't influence the justices' decisions, especially the justices who don't write their own opinions."

Much was said to support this with Marshall in his last days on the court and I would suspect the same for Wm. O. Douglas.
2.1.2006 10:43pm
VC Reader (the original):
Non-lawyers realize that many court opinions are--unabashedly--not written by the actual judge, right? Of course he approves of the content, and probably gives direction to his clerks/research attorneys, but many judges don't actually write most of their opinions.
2.1.2006 11:03pm
R. Friedman (mail):
Thurgood Marshall controlled by his clerks? As he himself said, the only thing he needed to know was how Burger was voting and we would vote the other way.
William O. Douglas controlled by his clerks? He was writing opinions during oral argument, the only thing he couldn't do was tear sheets off the legal pads.
You are talking old-school, we don't need no stinking cert pool, arguments before and after lunch, conference on Saturday, fire up the linotype I'm ready to write justices here.
2.5.2006 5:20pm