BY STEVE KNOPPER
Former clerks to the U.S. Supreme Court talk about
their experiences at the center of American law
They were there for some of the biggest cases in the last 50 years:
Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, U.S. v.
Nixon. They were there on 9/11.
They learned firsthand about Justice Antonin Scalia’s
decades-long friendship with his philosophical rival, Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and they sat at the feet of Justice
Marshall as he regaled them with stories about civil rights
in the Deep South.
And their justices were there for them, too: when a parent
died, when a letter of recommendation needed to be written,
when they were hungry for homemade cake.
We talked with 13 former clerks, all on our New York
Super Lawyers list, who worked on the high court between
1967 and 2010. These are their stories.
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