Monday, November 26, 2012

Stories of Supreme Court Justices and Their Clerks

The November 2012 issue of the Washington Lawyer offers an interesting book review of “In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices” (University of Virginia Press 2012) (scroll down the web page a bit). The review concludes:

The institution of Supreme Court clerks provides a special but revealing glimpse into the otherwise private world of the Supreme Court. By exploring a selection of this unique corps of lawyers, many who went on to influential careers, In Chambers adds an interesting peek at Court history at the highest level. By gathering these essays (and providing additional sources for those who want to know more), the authors add information about our least understood branch of government. Passing references are made to controversial incidents—Justice Black’s association with the Ku Klux Klan as a young man, Justice Rehnquist’s notorious memo to Justice Jackson endorsing Plessy v. Ferguson—but there are no headline–making stories here. In Chambers is a serious, scholarly look at the Court from the unique perspective of one of its special institutions.


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