Justice Kavanaugh’s Law Clerks Are All Women, a First for the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON — Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, confirmed to the Supreme Court amid fiery accusations of sexual misconduct against women, arrived Tuesday for his first day on the bench with an unprecedented all-female class of law clerks.
As a result, more than half of the Supreme Court’s law clerks This kind of year will — for initially in American history — be women.
Former colleagues of Justice Kavanaugh have described a longstanding reputation of promoting women in law. During his 12 years at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the majority of Justice Kavanaugh’s law clerks were women — 25 of 48 — along with during his confirmation hearings he testified that will he graduated more of them to clerkships at the Supreme Court than any various other federal judge.
Supreme Court clerkships — among the most coveted credentials in American law — offer young lawyers unusual influence over the court’s proceedings. There are about 36 law clerks each term, along with they offer recommendations on which cases to hear, help prepare the justices for oral arguments along with draft major portions of the opinions along with dissents.
The clerks often graduate into prolific careers in government, academia along with major law firms; eight throughout history have gone on to serve on the Supreme Court, including Justice Kavanaugh, who served as a law clerk through 1993 to 1994 for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, whom he is actually replacing.
Justice Kavanaugh’s first Supreme Court clerks graduated through top law schools along with worked as clerks for conservative federal judges. One worked for Justice Kavanaugh on the appeals court; the various other three worked for prominent appeals court judges appointed by Republican presidents.
These are the four women who will serve inside the role for Justice Kavanaugh This kind of year.
Stanford Law School, Class of 2017
Ms. Grammel, the former president of the Stanford Law Review, served as a law clerk for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Judge Wilkinson is actually known nationally as a judge who sends many clerks through his chambers to the Supreme Court.
Ms. Grammel worked on the Stanford Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic along with was a summer associate at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick as well as Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, both in Washington.
Ms. Grammel previously interned at the Defense Intelligence Agency along with the State Department. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2014 through Harvard University, where she was a D.J. for Harvard Radio Broadcasting along with taught English oversees, according to her LinkedIn page.
Yale Law School, Class of 2017
Ms. Jackson, a former law clerk for Justice Kavanaugh on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was one of 18 women who signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in July describing his mentorship toward women.
Ms. Jackson, one of only a handful of black law clerks at the high court This kind of year, also worked as a law clerk on the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia for Judge Dabney Friedrich, a judge nominated by President Trump who dated Justice Kavanaugh inside the 1990s.
Ms. Jackson worked as the Articles & Essays editor of Yale Law Journal.
University of Virginia School of Law, Class of 2010
Ms. Lacy came to the Supreme Court clerkship through the White House, where she worked with Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, on Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination.
She was a clerk through 2013 to 2014 for Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Lacy previously worked for Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, who, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, oversaw confirmation hearings for Justice Kavanaugh.
Ms. Lacy worked as a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis after graduating through law school, according to her LinkedIn page, along with earned a bachelor’s degree through Hillsdale College in 2007.
Harvard Law School, Class of 2016
Ms. Nommensen was an attorney-adviser inside the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. She previously clerked for Judge Laurence Silberman on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ms. Nommensen was a former student of Justice Kavanaugh at Harvard Law School along with signed a letter, along with 79 various other former students, supporting his nomination.
Ms. Nommensen was Notes editor of Harvard Law Review along with served on the board of the Harvard Federalist Society, according to her LinkedIn page. Like Ms. Grammel, she worked as a 2015 summer associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington. She graduated through brand-new York University that has a bachelor’s degree in 2012.
Doris Burke contributed research.
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