Duquesne Law Review


Harvey Gee


In their recently released book, In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices ("In Chambers"), editors Todd Peppers and Artemus Ward offer a collection of previously published articles and new unpublished essays on select justices and their clerks to illuminate how the personal relationships between justices and clerks impact the Court. Contributors include distinguished law professors, judges, academics, and legal correspondents. Peppers and Ward are certainly qualified to talk about the Supreme Court clerkship institution. Six years ago, Peppers released Courtiers of the Marble Palace: The Rise and Influence of the Supreme Court Law Clerk and Ward, along with David L. Weiden, wrote Sorcerers' Apprentices: 100 Years of Law Clerks at the United States Supreme Court. These books, based on archival papers, interviews and surveys with former clerks, offered behind-the scenes looks at the institutional development of the law clerk institution and how it evolved since its nineteenth century beginnings. Now, the authors assemble a collection of first-hand accounts of the inter-workings of the justices' chambers from the perspective of former law clerks, and cover the origins of the clerkship institution, the pre-modern clerkship institution, and the modern clerkship institution.

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