clerk and Justice

Matthew J. Franck mfranck at
Tue Jul 19 18:38:22 PDT 2005

I wondered the same thing, and a little checking shows this is a first.  Of 
the current members of the Court, three served as clerks to 
justices--Rehnquist worked for Jackson, Stevens for Rutledge, and Breyer 
for Goldberg--but none later served with his former boss.  If Kermit Hall's 
Oxford Companion is correct (entry on "clerks of the justices" by Martha 
Swann), only one other former clerk ever joined the Court as a justice: 
Byron White, who clerked for Vinson.

Matthew J. Franck
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At 09:17 PM 7/19/2005, Martin J. Sweet wrote:
>How often have Justices who have previously served as a clerk for a 
>Justice on the Court later served as on the Court with their prior Justice?
>Martin J. Sweet
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