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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