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One of the biggest cohorts of former U.S. Supreme Court clerks resides not inside a Big Law appellate practice or a top tier law school. Eleven former high court clerks now work in-house at The Boeing Co.

All were recruited by Boeing’s executive vice president and general counsel J. Michael Luttig, himself a former Justice Warren Burger law clerk and then a noted judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Over the years his name has been circulated as a potential candidate for the high court and for other jobs including, most recently, FBI director. He was also a top feeder judge to the high court, sending more than 40 of his clerks, dubbed “luttigators,” to the high court over his 15-year tenure.

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But he counts as one of his biggest accomplishments building for Boeing a “world-class law department unlike the corporate world has ever known, and we’ve done it through a foundation of seasoned Supreme Court law clerks.”

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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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