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

Kyle Rozema

University of Chicago - Law School

Sida Peng

Cornell University

Date Written: January 17, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Rozema, Kyle and Peng, Sida, The Role of Federal Appellate Judges in the Hiring Process for Supreme Court Clerks (January 17, 2018). Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2822952 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2822952

Kyle Rozema (Contact Author)

University of Chicago - Law School ( email )

1111 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.kylerozema.com

Sida Peng

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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