The Role of Federal Appellate Judges in the Hiring Process for Supreme Court Clerks
55 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2016 Last revised: 17 Jan 2018
Date Written: January 17, 2018
We study the role of federal appellate judges in the hiring process of Supreme Court clerks. We hypothesize that appellate judges, in addition to directly influencing the hiring process by filtering for some of the best candidates, aid the hiring process by reducing the extent to which justices rely on public signals like the law school an applicant attended. We find empirical support for our hypothesis by identifying all potential applicants from 1997 to 2005 and establishing ties between the justices and appellate judges.
Keywords: Supreme Court, Clerks, Hiring, Discrete Choice Model
JEL Classification: M51, J71, J24, I24, D21, D83, D85
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