Clerks of the Justices
Contribution to Book
DESCRIPTION: Employees of the Supreme Court who assist the justices in research, selecting the petitions for certiorari worthy of review and writing the opinions at the decision-on-the-merits stage.
SIGNIFICANCE: Although controversy continues surrounding the extent of influence that clerks wield in the Supreme Court’s decision-making and opinion-writing processes, there is little debate regarding the role they play in screening the more than eight thousand petitions for writs of certiorari filed each October term
Thomas Tandy Lewis
Salem Press, Inc.
Hermann, J. R. (2001). Clerks of the justices. In T. T. Lewis (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the U.S. supreme court (pp. 186-187). Salem Press.
Encyclopedia of the U.S. Supreme Court