Discuss: #Scotus justices should hire clerks from the law schools that provide them such sweet summer teaching gigs.
It's only fair play. And, who knows, the diversity might do the court some good.
Every year, a number of the justices enjoy summer teaching work sponsored in gorgeous locations by law schools that are good but not ranked among the highest. And every year, the justices hire their clerks from an entirely different batch of schools. It's like the summer law schools are good enough for one purpose, but not another.
If feels like exploitation, as if one type of school is cool to party with but not of the right class to actually, you know, bring home to meet the parents.
This summer,the Washington Post says, justices are attending programs courtesy of the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law (in Austria), St. Mary's University (also in Austria), Penn State (in Florence) and Tulane (in Florence.)
The schools have in common the doleful fact that their graduates are never -- and for some this may, in fact, be a literal truth -- never selected as law clerks. Virginia, Harvard, Stanford and Yale contributed the most clerks to the U.S. Supreme Court between 2005 and 2012.
Tulane did have a few graduates clerk in the 1980s, my research associate Mr. Wikipedia tells me, while Penn State had one in the early 1970s.
So go ahead, justices, broaden your horizons by going abroad this summer, and then next year broaden them a bit more by hiring from the schools from which you drew such benefit.