Nov. 18, 1999
Vol. 19 No. 5

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    Law School graduates clerk for Supreme Court justices

    At the opening of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1999-2000 term in October, five graduates of the University’s Law School began clerking for justices.

    The five graduates and the justices for whom they clerk are:

    • Sonja West (J.D., ’98), Justice John Paul Stevens
    • Mary Beth Young (J.D., ’98), Justice Antonin Scalia
    • Kevin Marshall (J.D., ’98) and Sanford Weisburst (J.D., ’98), Justice Clarence Thomas
    • David Franklin (J.D., ’97), Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    During the seven Supreme Court terms from 1993-94 through the current term, 36 graduates of the Law School have clerked for Supreme Court justices, which represents one clerkship for every 34 graduates.

    Only Yale Law School had slightly higher representation during this period with one clerk for every 26 graduates. Other represented law schools include Stanford with one clerk for every 60 graduates; Harvard with one clerk for every 73 graduates; Columbia with one clerk for every 132 graduates; and Michigan with one clerk for every 242 graduates.

    Survey ranks Chicago’s Law School at No. 1