Ed. Note: This column originally appeared in Original Jurisdiction, the latest Substack publication by David Lat. Please see the About page for more information on the original jurisdiction. You can register to receive updates via this login page.
Here at Original Jurisdiction, I try to give you content that you won’t find anywhere else. Your inbox is as full as it is. If I want you to sign up, I know I have to give you something else.
Take the hiring of a Supreme Court clerk, for example. I don’t think any other point of sale covers hiring SCOTUS employees in the granular way I do. (Speaking of which, I’m working on another update for the recruitment of SCOTUS employees. If you know of a recruitment that was neither mentioned in my last recruitment overview nor in the Twitter feed from @SCOTUSambitions, please email me at davidlat @ substack.com, subject line “Hiring a SCOTUS employee” with the name of the employee, the law school and previous information on the legal clerkship.)
Another issue that I cover and which I believe there is no other outlet: the hiring of Bristow colleagues. On this matter, congratulations to the five formidable young lawyers who have received Bristow scholarships, the prestigious one-year scholarships in the Attorney General’s Office, which allow their holders to practice before the Supreme Court for just a year or two for the October 2021 semester ( 2021-2022):
Samir Doshi (Yale 2018 / Lohier / Moss (DDC))
Abigail Frisch (Herzog 2018 / Hayes (SD Cal.) / Willett)
David Goldman (UVA 2019 / Stras / Thapar)
Eve Levin (Colombia 2018 / Srinivasan / Oetken (SDNY))
Yoni Marshall (Stanford 2019 / Bibas / Feinerman (ND Ill.))
Thank you to the Public Affairs Office of the US Department of Justice for providing their names and to you, my readers, for listing their law school and previous clerkship information. A few brief observations:
The 2021 Bristow Fellows class consists of 60 percent men and 40 percent women – an improvement in gender balance over the 2020 and 2019 classes, which were 80 percent men and 20 percent women. The five scholarship holders come from five different law schools, which is not unusual. I have a feeling that having hired Bristow over the years, OSG has attempted to reach a certain variety of law schools upon hiring (see below for the 12 different law schools that have produced Bristow Fellows in recent years). All five fellows had two trainee lawyers, most with a district and a circuit judge (with the exception of David Goldman, who worked for two circuit judges). Their judges are all “usual suspects” for this type of honor – high profile, highly respected judges, many of them also “feeder judges” for the Supreme Court (and many Bristow fellows later work for SCOTUS – e.g. Justice Board Kavanaugh). Yoni Marshall, whose full name is actually Jonathan J. Marshall, is the son of Stanford law professor Lawrence (Larry) Marshall, who himself was a former SCOTUS employee (OT 1986 / Stevens). Over the years there have been many parent-child pairings by SCOTUS employees. The legally ingenious apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Congratulations to the newest Bristow Scholarship recipients, and good luck with their time in the Attorney General’s office.
(Turn to the next page for the last 10 classes of Bristow Fellows, along with the rankings of the schools of law and judges that have produced the most Bristows in the past decade.)
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