First an earthquake, and now a hurricane. If the world is coming to an end, let’s go out doing what we love: talking about Supreme Court clerks.

Since our last round-up, which was over a month ago, there have been a few new hires. And some of them are for the distant future — namely, October Term 2013. Hopefully the world will still be around by then.

Let’s have a look, shall we?

With the newest hires figured in, almost half of SCOTUS is done with picking clerks for October Term 2012. Already full for OT 2012 are Justices Scalia, Thomas, Ginsburg, and Kagan (and Justice Breyer is not far behind).

Two members of the Court, RBG and EK, have made hires for OT 2013. Justice Ginsburg’s decision to hire two clerks is consistent with her sticking around until 2016, as she has publicly suggested.

(Hiring a single clerk wouldn’t have sent such a message, since retired justices are entitled to one clerk apiece. These clerks help their retired bosses with books, speeches, and cases the justice hears while riding circuit, like Justice O’Connor. They can also be loaned out to the chambers of an active justice, where they can pitch in on matters currently pending before the Supreme Court.)

The Supreme Court law clerk lists for OT 2012 and OT 2013 appear below. As always, if you have any additions or corrections, please email us, subject line “SCOTUS Clerk Hiring,” or text us. We will fix any errors as soon as possible. Thank you.

UPDATE (8/29/11): Please note that we are not talking about the clerks for October Term 2011. The OT 2011 hires are old news; they’ve already started work at One First Street. Here is the complete list of OT 2011 clerks, which we published back in July.

OCTOBER TERM 2012 SUPREME COURT CLERK HIRES (as of August 26, 2011)

Chief Justice John G. Roberts
1. ?
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?

Justice Antonin Scalia
1. Adam Klein (Columbia 2011 / Kavanaugh)
2. Ian Samuel (NYU 2008 / Kozinski / Bristow Fellow)
3. Danielle Sassoon (Yale 2011 / Wilkinson)
4. Eric Tung (Chicago 2010 / Gorsuch / Bristow Fellow)

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
1. ?
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?

Justice Clarence Thomas
1. Robert Dunn (Chicago 2010 / O’Scannlain)
2. David Morrell (Yale 2010 / E. Jones)
3. Kenton Skarin (Northwestern 2009 / Wilkinson)
4. Katherine Yarger (Duke 2008 / Gorsuch / Eid (Colo.))

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
1. Martine Cicconi (Stanford 2010 / Garland / Bristow Fellow)
2. Joshua Johnson (Yale 2009 / Tatel Tot / Gertner (D. Mass.))
3. Julie Kobick (Harvard 2010 / Saylor (D. Mass.) / Chagares)
4. Thane Rehn (Columbia 2009 / Posner)

Justice Stephen G. Breyer
1. Kwaku Akowuah (Harvard 2004 / Garaufis (E.D.N.Y.) / Katzmann)
2. Joshua Geltzer (Yale 2011 / Kozinski)
3. Susannah Weaver (Georgetown 2008 / Kennedy (D.D.C.) / Katzmann)
4. ?

Justice Samuel Alito
1. ?
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?

Justice Sonia Sotomayor
1. Scott Grinsell (Yale 2009 / Pooler)
2. Charlotte Taylor (NYU 2008 / Rakoff (S.D.N.Y.) / Katzmann)
3. ?
4. ?

Justice Elena Kagan
1. Samantha Bateman (Stanford 2010 / Brinkema / Garland)
2. Brad Garcia (Harvard 2011 / Griffith)
3. Zach Schauf (Harvard 2011 / Garland)
4. David Zimmer (Harvard 2010 / W. Fletcher)

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (retired):
1. Eric Citron (Yale 2007 / Robertson (D.D.C.) / Tatel Tot)

Justice David H. Souter (retired):
1. ?

Justice John Paul Stevens (retired)
1. Eduardo Bruera (Cornell 2011 / C. King (5th Cir.))

OCTOBER TERM 2013 SUPREME COURT CLERK HIRES (as of August 26, 2011)

Chief Justice John G. Roberts
1. ?
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?

Justice Antonin Scalia
1. ?
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
1. ?
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?

Justice Clarence Thomas
1. ?
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
1. Daniel Rubens (Harvard 2008 / Rakoff (S.D.N.Y.) / Katzmann)
2. Burden Walker (Harvard 2010 / S. Williams)
3. ?
4. ?

Justice Stephen G. Breyer
1. ?
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?

Justice Samuel Alito
1. ?
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?

Justice Sonia Sotomayor
1. ?
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?

Justice Elena Kagan
1. Sophia Brill (Yale 2011 / Garland)
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (retired):
1. ?

Justice David H. Souter (retired):
1. ?

Justice John Paul Stevens (retired)
1. ?

Do you have a hire we haven’t reported yet, or an addition or correction to any of this information? Please email us (subject line: “SCOTUS clerk hiring”). Thanks.

Earlier: Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: The Changing of the Guard
Prior ATL coverage of Supreme Court clerks (scroll down)


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