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SCOTUS Justices: How Do Their Clerks Help Them?

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    The clerks play a very key role.
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    They take the first look at petitions
    for review that come into the Court,
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    write memoranda,
    for the Justices on those petitions,
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    sort of summaries of what the case is about,
    so the Justices, you know,
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    if they are interested,
    they'll go to debriefs and read them,
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    and then, when they go into conference
    to review the petitions
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    then they know what the cases are all about.
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    The clerks also, sometimes,
    for some Justices will draft their opinions
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    and the Justices will take those drafts then
    and really make them their own.
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    The Justices sit and talk with their clerks
    about the cases, there's a lot of give-and-take
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    and discussion which, I think, is a teaching moment for the clerks but also helpful to the Justices
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    in getting as many views as they possibly can
    from their clerks on a particular case.
SCOTUS Justices: How Do Their Clerks Help Them?

Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal discusses the role of clerks in the Supreme Court.

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