Women Supreme Court Clerks Striving for “Commonplace”

Cynthia L. Cooper (Perspectives)

Who the clerks are and how they are chosen is almost as much of a mystery as the justices’ private deliberations. The clerks boast high-flying profiles. They are from elite schools, top of their classes, editors of their law reviews, researchers for key professors, and alums of prestigious federal appellate court clerkships. They also get
benefits: signing bonuses at big firms, opportunities in academics, and a rarified professional network. Within this narrow group, the clerks share another  characteristic: They are predominantly male. Why women have a lesser share
of clerkships is a subject of intense speculation.

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