In an early sign of his pledge to be a “team player” on the U.S. Supreme Court, new Justice Brett Kavanaugh has decided to join the court’s “cert pool,” a system for sharing law clerks to screen the thousands of incoming petitions for review.
Under the arrangement the court began in 1973, clerks of justices who are in the pool divide up the job of screening incoming petitions for certiorari review. For each petition, one clerk writes a memo recommending for or against cert that is circulated to all the justices in the pool. It erases the need for clerks in all nine chambers to write memos about each case for their justices.
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