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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks during a conversation with professor Melissa Murray of UC Berkeley School of Law at the American Constitution Society’s National Convention. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/ National Law Journal.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday threw her voice in support of a new clerkship plan to minimize chaos in the applications and hiring process, joining fellow Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.

Sotomayor said she will pay close attention to those law schools and judges who follow the hiring plan and will “react accordingly to those who do not follow the plan.” The process under the plan, a two-year pilot, begins after a law student’s second year. Judges’ adherence to earlier similar plans was not uniform and they fell apart.

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