A long tradition of father-daughter pairings among Supreme Court law clerks is about to be carried on by a Northwestern University law school graduate named Jessica Phillips.
Phillips, daughter of veteran Supreme Court advocate and onetime Warren Burger clerk Carter Phillips, begins this summer as a law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Responding to an inquiry from Legal Times, Alito said last week through Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg that Jessica Phillips will have no involvement in cases in which her father’s firm, Sidley Austin, participates. That leaves Alito’s other three clerks to work on Sidley cases.
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