Friday, March 3, 2017

Where have all the SCOTUS clerks gone?

In Shift, More SCOTUS Clerks Seek Jobs Outside the Beltway, reports:

Almost half of the 39 clerks from last term—19 to be exact—have landed jobs outside the D.C. beltway, which veteran recruiters say is an unusually high number. Eight of those departing clerks have joined firms in New York. ....
The late Chief Justice William Rehnquist routinely urged his clerks to “go home” and practice where they grew up. But with the increasing specialization and concentration of the Supreme Court bar, D.C. firms have been a magnet. Even with the downtick in clerks working in Washington, the appeal persists. ....
 New York law firms used to show less interest in hiring clerks because appellate litigation is not as profitable as their transactional portfolio. “The Wall Street firms were underrepresented,” .... “But more firms are building appellate practices, and they are doing extremely well vis-a-vis corporate practice. There is a lot of interesting litigation that these firms are handling.” ....
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe hired three clerks from last term, two of whom are in its New York office .... The third clerk hire is in San Francisco.
Also of interest: SCOTUS clerk tells amici to caption case of transgender teen with masculine pronoun

And in today's DJ GMSR's Jonathan Eisenman presents #appellatetwitter about (of course!) the Twitter hashtag #appellatetwitter. Don't know what that means? Then you're waaay behind.

Appellate sanctions watch: $10,181.34 for maintaining a frivolous appeal here. After reviewing the opening brief, respondents' counsel explained to appellants' counsel that the record was insufficient to pursue a substantial evidence appeal. Appellants nonetheless continued to pursue the appeal despite having been notified of the inadequacy of the record.