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Big Law firms are not the only institutions that seek out former U.S. Supreme Court law clerks to add luster and intellectual firepower to their workforce. Add the White House to that list, too.

In his rush to install a wave of federal judges, President Donald Trump has chosen 24 former Supreme Court clerks to fill federal trial and appellate judgeships. Among his 41 appellate nominees, 17 are former Supreme Court clerks—not counting his two Supreme Court nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, both of whom clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired July 31.

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Tony Mauro

Tony Mauro, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. A lead writer for ALM's Supreme Court Brief, Tony focuses on the court's history and traditions, appellate advocacy and the SCOTUS cases that matter most to business litigators. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter: @Tonymauro

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