Skip to comments.Book Review: 'In Chambers' edited by Todd C. Peppers and Artemus Ward (Supreme Court & its clerks)
Posted on 06/17/2012 9:52:13 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
They've been called Courtiers of the Marble Palace and Sorcerers' Apprentices. But to the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, their law clerks are much more: sparring partners, workhorses and, often, extended family.
Each of the court's nine justices hires several law clerks for yearlong stints, newly minted lawyers from top law schools who have impeccable credentials. The role of a clerk includes assisting the justices in determining what cases to take, preparing them for the oral arguments and helping write opinions.
Now a new collection of essays, In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices (University of Virginia Press), edited by Todd C. Peppers and Artemus Ward, including some written by former clerks, takes readers inside justices' chambers for a look at clerkship life.
(Excerpt) Read more at lehighvalleylive.com ...
Obviously, we need for Roe vs. Wade to be overturned. This book, however, is about the relationships between the powerful justices and their clerks, who write the justices’ opinions and sometimes influence them. For those who are interested in the topic as a whole, it’s useful and informative. I’ll buy it once it comes out in paperback.
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2 seconds. Ya beat me by 2 seconds!
My ex wife’s cousin was a clerk for Stuart Potter. Acedemically smart, real world stupid. He was driving down a hill somewhere in PA and wanted to know what would happened if he shut down the engine in his car. Well of course he locked the steering wheel and as he careened from guard rail to guard rail he found out just what would happen. He is lucky he didn’t kill himself.
For those interested in how the Surpeme Court works on a day-to-day basis, particularly the clerks’ working relationships with their colleagues and the justices, this is essential.
I know a cat named, “Peppers.”
Well doesn't shutting off the engine and locking the steering wheel in order to force the country to careen from left to right and back again while smashing against guard rails pretty much sum up what the Supreme Court has done to law in this country?
Seems like he just drove the way he was paid to clerk, that's all.
Ooo, power behind the throne stuff.