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Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: The Official List For OT 2014, Plus More OT 2015 Hires

As the Supreme Court’s October Term 2013 fades into memory, and the bickering over Hobby Lobby subsides, let’s look ahead to October Term 2014 — and beyond. We know now the identities of all the OT 2014 SCOTUS clerks, as well as a growing number of the clerks for October Term 2015.

The clerk hiring contains some bad news for Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and other liberals who want Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to retire before it’s too late. The Notorious RBG has picked her posse for OT 2015, suggesting that she won’t be leaving the Court anytime soon.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First let’s look at the official list of Supreme Court law clerks for October Term 2014, starting up in just a few months….

As they do every year, the wonderful folks in the Court’s Public Information Office (PIO) provided us with the official list of incoming law clerks. This list does not include law school and prior clerkship information, which the PIO will release later this year, but the document confirms all of the crowdsourced hiring information we have gathered on our own. You can access the list here, as a PDF file.

Thanks to the official list, we now know the name of the “missing” clerk to Justice Ginsburg for OT 2014: Anitha Reddy (the lawyer, not the fashion designer). Since she’s the last clerk to be uncovered, we will, consistent with ATL tradition, give her more detailed coverage than the other clerks. (Think of this as the SCOTUS clerk version of the NFL draft’s Mr. Irrelevant.)

We had previously stated, upon information and belief, that the missing RBG clerk clerked for Judge Pierre Leval (2d Cir.) and worked at Wachtell Lipton. It turns out that our information was correct, as you can see from Reddy’s Wachtell bio (no longer live on the website, but we grabbed a copy):

Anitha Reddy is an associate in the Litigation Department.

Anitha Reddy graduated magna cum laude from Stanford University in 2002. She graduated in 2008 from Stanford Law School, where she served as managing editor of the Stanford Law Review. After law school, Ms. Reddy served as a law clerk to the Honorable John Gleeson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and to the Honorable Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Some might say that a 2008 law school grad is perhaps a little long in the tooth to be a SCOTUS clerk for OT 2014. But surely Justice Ginsburg, resisting all the retirement pressure, can appreciate someone who doesn’t conform to stereotypical notions of what’s age-appropriate. And Reddy is far from Justice Ginsburg’s oldest clerk ever. Back in October Term 1996, RBG hired William Hodes, a law professor who had received his J.D. degree from Rutgers back in 1969.

Now, on to the lists. We hear that at least three justices — Justices Scalia, Ginsburg,and Kagan — have completed their OT 2015 clerk hiring (and Justice Kagan, you’ll see below, has already hired one clerk for OT 2016). If you have additions or corrections, please email us (subject line: “SCOTUS clerk hiring”) or text us (646-820-8477). Thank you!

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OCTOBER TERM 2014 SUPREME COURT CLERK HIRES (as of July 8, 2014)

Chief Justice John G. Roberts
1. Kathryn Cherry (Yale 2013 / Kavanaugh)
2. Chris Michel (Yale 2013 / Kavanaugh)
3. Graham Phillips (Harvard 2013 / Griffith)
4. Ryan Snyder (Notre Dame 2012 / Kethledge / Bristow Fellow)

Justice Antonin Scalia
1. Samuel Eckman (Chicago 2013 / Kozinski)
2. Benjamin Flowers (Chicago 2012 / Ikuta)
3. Judd Stone (Northwestern 2010 / Winfree (Alaska) / E. Jones)
4. Vivek Suri (Harvard 2013 / Sutton)

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
1. Andrew Bentz (UVA 2012 / Kozinski)
2. James Crooks (Columbia 2013 / Kozinski)
3. Joshua Matz (Harvard 2012 / Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) / Reinhardt)
4. Caroline Van Zile (Yale 2012 / Kavanaugh / Boasberg (D.D.C.))

Justice Clarence Thomas
1. Jenn Bandy (Duke 2012 / Pryor)
2. Brinton Lucas (UVA 2011 / Wilkinson / Bristow Fellow)
3. Hayley (Nix) Proctor (Yale 2012 / Griffith)
4. Robert Stander (BYU Law / Lee (Utah) / Sutton)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
1. Ari Holtzblatt (Yale 2010 / Tatel),
2. Mark Musico (Columbia 2011 / Boudin / Woodlock (D. Mass.))
3. Lauren Pardee (Yale 2010 / Rakoff (S.D.N.Y.) / Katzmann / Liu (Cal.))
4. Anitha Reddy (Stanford 2008 / Gleeson (E.D.N.Y.) / Leval)

Justice Stephen G. Breyer
1. Ilana Gelfman (Yale 2009 / Woodlock (D. Mass) / Katzmann)
2. Michael Gervais (Yale 2011 / Kozinski)
3. Aaron Scherzer (Yale 2010 / Reinhardt / Rakoff (S.D.N.Y.))
4. Kendall Turner (Stanford 2013 / Garland)

Justice Samuel Alito
1. Megan Dillhoff (Notre Dame 2011 / Sutton)
2. William Marra (Harvard 2012 / Pryor)
3. Michael McGinley (Harvard 2009 / Gorsuch)
4. Aaron Nielson (Harvard 2007 / Smith (5th Cir.) / J.R. Brown)

Justice Sonia Sotomayor
1. Luke McCloud (Harvard 2011 / Niemeyer / Kavanaugh)
2. Michael Pollack (NYU 2011 / J.R. Brown)
3. James Sigel (Harvard 2011 / Reinhardt / Liu (Cal.) / Tatel)
4. Jennifer Sokoler (Columbia 2010 / Cote (S.D.N.Y.) / Katzmann)

Justice Elena Kagan
1. Will Dreher (Harvard 2013 / Kavanaugh)
2. Daniel Hemel (Yale 2012 / Boudin / Srinivasan)
3. Amanda Rice (Harvard 2011 / Boasberg (D.D.C.) / Tatel)
4. Elizabeth Wilkins (Yale 2013 / Garland)

Justice John Paul Stevens (retired)
1. Travis Crum (Yale 2011 / Thompson (M.D. Ala.) / Tatel / Bristow Fellow)

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (retired):
1. Eli Savit (Michigan 2010 / Bea / Tatel)

Justice David H. Souter (retired):
1. Arpit Garg (Yale 2012 / Reinhardt / Cote)

OCTOBER TERM 2015 SUPREME COURT CLERK HIRES (as of July 8, 2014)

Chief Justice John G. Roberts
1. Jake Brege (Michigan 2012 / Sentelle / Boasberg (D.D.C.))
2. Katherine Booth Wellington (Harvard 2013 / Kavanaugh)
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Justice Antonin Scalia
1. Sopan Joshi (Northwestern 2013 / Posner/ Feinerman (N.D. Ill.))
2.
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Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
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Justice Clarence Thomas
1. Marisa Maleck (Chicago 2011 / Pryor)
2.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
1. Josh Bone (Yale 2013 / Tatel)
2. Sam Harbourt (Harvard 2013 / Garland / Bristow)
3. Amy Marshak (NYU 2011 / Rakoff / Katzmann)
4.

Justice Stephen G. Breyer
1. Galen Bascom (UVA 2013 / Garland / Bristow)
2. Farah Peterson (Yale 2012 / Calabresi)
3.
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Justice Samuel Alito
1.
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3.
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Justice Sonia Sotomayor
1.
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Justice Elena Kagan
1. Yaira Dubin (Harvard 2013 / Srinivasan / Boasberg (D.D.C.))
2. Jeremy Feigenbaum (Harvard 2014 / Fletcher)
3. Thomas Fu (Stanford 2014 / Garland)
4. Jonathan Meltzer (Yale 2013 / Wilkinson / Bristow)

(Ben Eidelson (Yale 2014 / Garland) has been hired for October Term 2016.)

Justice John Paul Stevens (retired)
1. Gillian Grossman (Harvard 2014 / Kavanaugh)

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (retired):
1. Sarah Boyce (Duke 2012 / Sutton / Bristow Fellow)

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

Do you know about a hire we haven’t reported yet, or have an addition or correction to any of this info? Please email us (subject line: “SCOTUS Clerk Hiring”) or text us (646-820-8477). Thanks!

Law Clerks – October Term 2014 [U.S. Supreme Court]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Amazon (affiliate link)]

Earlier: Supreme Court Clerks: Where Are They Now?
Prior ATL coverage of Supreme Court law clerks

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