Where are they now? Supreme Court clerks, OT2003

Who isn't fascinated with any story about Supreme Court clerks, "The Elect"?

Several years ago, David Lat followed up on the lives of Supreme Court clerks a few years removed from their clerkships. I thought a ten-year retrospective examining where clerks have gone might be of interest. His caveats then are as true as mine are today: this list is probably unreliable and has not been fact-checked in any way, except for the links provided (and these links often aren't the best source material).

Without further ado, the clerks from the Supreme Court, October Term 2003:

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist

Leon F. DeJulius (Notre Dame 2002 / O’Scannlain), partner at Jones Day

Courtney Gilligan Saleski (George Washington 2002 / Magill), partner at DLA Piper

Aaron M. Streett (Texas 2002 / Sentelle), partner at Baker Botts

Justice John Paul Stevens

Leondra R. Kruger (Yale 2001 / Tatel), Acting Principal Deputy Solicitor General, DOJ

Amanda C. Leiter (Harvard 2000 / Tatel / Gertner (D. Mass.)), professor at American

Margaret H. Lemos (NYU 2001 / Lipez), professor at Duke

Benjamin C. Mizer (Michigan 2002 / J. Rogers), counsel in the Office of Legal Counsel, DOJ

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Janet R. Carter (NYU 2001 / Posner), counsel at WilmerHale

Sean C. Grimsley (Michigan 2000 / H. Edwards), partner at Bartlit Beck

RonNell A. Jones (Ohio State 2000 / W. Fletcher), professor at BYU

Sambhav N. Sankar (Berkeley 2000 / W. Fletcher / L. Pollak (E.D. Pa.)), counsel at GE

Justice Antonin Scalia

Benjamin L. Hatch (Harvard 2002 / Luttig), AUSA, EDVA

C. Scott Hemphill (Stanford 2001 / Posner), professor at Columbia

Robert K. Kry (Yale 2002 / Kozinski), partner at MoloLamken LLP

Kevin C. Walsh (Harvard 2002 / Niemeyer), professor at Richmond

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

Bertrand-Marc Allen (Yale 2002 / Luttig), President, Boeing China

Edward C. Dawson (Texas 2002 / Carnes), fellow at LSU

Orin Kerr (Harvard 1997 / Garth), professor at George Washington

Chi T. Steve Kwok (Yale 2002 / Kozinski), AUSA, SDNY

Justice David H. Souter

Julian D. Mortenson (Stanford 2002 / Wilkinson), professor at Michigan

Samuel J. Rascoff (Yale 2001 / Leval), professor at NYU

Jeannie C. Suk (Harvard 2002 / H. Edwards), professor at Harvard

Gregory G. Rapawy (Harvard 2001 / Lynch), partner at Kellogg Huber

Justice Clarence Thomas

Richard M. Corn (Chicago 2002 / Luttig), associate at Proskauer

John A. Eisenberg (Yale 2002 / Luttig), partner at Kirkland & Ellis

Diane L. McGimsey (Berkeley 2002 / Wilkinson), partner at Sullivan & Cromwell

Hannah Clayson Smith (BYU 2001 / Alito), counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Abbe R. Gluck (Yale 2000 / R. Winter), professor at Yale

Aziz Z. Huq (Columbia 2001 / Sack), professor at Chicago

Anne Joseph O’Connell (Yale 2000 / S. Williams), professor at Berkeley

Neil S. Siegel (Berkeley 2001 / Wilkinson), professor at Duke

Justice Stephen Breyer

Ariela M. Migdal (NYU 2001 / H. Edwards), counsel at the ACLU

Pratik Shah (Berkeley 2001 / W. Fletcher), assistant to the Solicitor General, DOJ

Alexandra M. Walsh (Stanford 2001 / Garland), partner at Paul Weiss

Davis J. Wang (Harvard 2002 / Boudin), partner at Sullivan & Cromwell

A few thoughts: 

Suppose we divide these justices among "conservative" (Rehnquist, O'Connor, Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas) and "liberal" (Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer). (These are, of course, imperfect terms.) Suppose we further divide the clerks into three practice areas: private practice, academia, and government/public interest.

That gives us 35 clerks, 19 clerking for "conservative" justices and 16 for "liberal justices."

In private practice, the decisive edge goes to clerks to "conservative" justices, with 11 to just 3 of the clerks to "liberal justices." Chief Justice Rehnquist (3 for 3) and Justice Thomas (3 for 4) clerks lead the way. 

For academia, an outright majority of clerks to "liberal" justices took that route (9 of 16), compared to just 5 for the clerks to "conservative" justices. Justice Ginsburg's clerks lead the way: not only did 4 for 4 enter academia, but all 4 are teaching at so-called "top 14" schools.  The same "top 14" standard holds true for the 3 former clerks to Justice Souter, too.

In government or public interest, it's 4 for clerks to "liberal" justices, 3 for clerks to "conservative" justices. 

Obviously, this anecdata for a single year's set of clerks is not worth much of anything except, perhaps, confirmation bias, rampant extrapolation, and so on. But isn't that what the Internet makes so amusing, even when meaningless?