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Neil Gorsuch testifies at his confirmation hearing in March. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ NLJ

As 2017 draws to a close, we’re looking back at some of the most popular stories about the U.S. Supreme Court. What follows are highlights from many of our best-read Supreme Court stories of 2017. Thanks as always for reading. Happy holidays! —Tony and Marcia

Shut Out: SCOTUS Law Clerks Still Mostly White and Male Amid the luster of being a law clerk, there’s an uncomfortable reality: It is an elite club still dominated by white men. While some variables are outside the court’s control, few justices seem to be going out of their way to help boost diversity. [Read more]

Why Are There So Few Women SCOTUS Advocates? “In my view a lot of the problem results from the fact that litigation requires a war-like mentality. … Male lawyers generally are more fearless in this type of verbal battle, even though from my experience many of those men are obviously clueless that they have no talent,” one top female appellate lawyer said. [Read more]

Justice Department, Divided Internally, Backed Colorado Baker Over Gay Couple U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions overruled a recommendation that the Justice Department stay on the sidelines for one of the court’s most closely watched cases of the term. [Read more]

Trump’s Supreme Court Wish List Grows By Five Judges Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit, left off earlier wish lists, finally made the cut. [Read more]

Bananas for Breakfast … And More Advice for SCOTUS Advocates “A lot of bananas like two, three, sometimes four,” Elizabeth Prelogar says. “It’s the only thing I can stomach with all the anxiety, but it gives me hopefully a good grounding for the argument.” [Read more]

DC Circuit’s Millett, Who Backed Teen’s Abortion Right, Finds Role Model in RBG “I’ve told Justice Ginsburg if there had been no ‘her,’ there probably would have been no ‘me.’ She has been my role model. When I came on the D.C. Circuit, they have closets where you keep your robes and they keep the plaques of all the judges who preceded you. I begged and pleaded to get her closet because it meant so much to me.” [Read more]

Michael Dreeben /// Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL

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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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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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