Monday, August 2, 2010

Clerkship to Court

Elena Kagan is poised to cap off her legal career at the U.S. Supreme Court.  That's also where she started it:  as a clerk for Justice Marshall.

I thought a Supreme Court clerkship was a typical, if not uniform, qualification for a Supreme Court justice.

Turns out, Kagan would be only the sixth person to go from clerkship to the court, according to Warren Richey at the CSM.

Want to have some fun on a Monday morning?  Try to name the other five before you click on the link.  You won't have to delve back too far into history -- the first former clerk to join the court completed his clerkship in 1946-1947.