Which Circuit Judges and Circuit Courts Feed The Most SCOTUS Clerks?
David Lat answers the questions we all want to know. At his excellent Substack site, David breaks down which Circuit Judges and Circuit Courts have fed the most Supreme Court clerks over the past five years. (If you haven’t subscribed, you should).
There is a three-way tie for first place between Judges Sutton, Pryor, and Kavanaugh. Each has 13. It is impressive that Kavanaugh is still feeding clerks, since he left the D.C. Circuit nearly three years ago. Sutton and Pryor are giants. Columbus and Birmingham are not exactly the most desirable places for law school grads to clerk—I very much like both cities—but these two jurists have built judicial fiefdoms in their backyards. Kudos to them.
There is a two-way tie for second place between Judges Katzmann and Srinivasan. Each has 12. Judge Katzmann passed away, so his totals will likely decline in the future. At this point, Judge Srinivasan is the undisputed Democratic SCOTUS feeder. It’s not even close. Though with only three Democratic Justices, it will be hard to keep up these numbers. RBG’s four seats will now be filled by ACB.
Judge Griffith is in sixth place with 10. He retired from the D.C. Circuit, so his totals should drop in time.
There is a four-way tie for seventh place between Katsas, Thapar, Wilkinson, and Garland. Each has 9. Katsas’s numbers are really impressive, as he was only appointed to the Court in December 2017. If we assume Katsas has four clerks per year, he has had (roughly) 16 law clerks. More than half of them clerked on the Supreme Court. Wow! Judge Thapar’s rank is also impressi
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