May 23, 2019 | Professor Derek T. Muller is quoted in the National Law Journal article, “From Law Prof to SCOTUS Clerk: Gorsuch Is Hiring From Academia.” The article discusses Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s law clerk choices for the upcoming terms in which at least three clerks will be drawn from legal academia.
Excerpt from “From Law Prof to SCOTUS Clerk: Gorsuch Is Hiring From Academia”
Here are the new hires, first identified in a tweet by Pepperdine University School of Law professor Derek Muller, a keen Supreme Court-watcher:
>> Stephen Yelderman, a professor since 2013 at the University of Notre Dame Law School, will move this summer to Gorsuch’s chambers for the 2019-2020 term. Yelderman clerked for then-Tenth Circuit Judge Gorsuch in 2010. “I really enjoyed working for then-Judge Gorsuch, and am very excited for the opportunity to work with him again,” he said in a statement.
>> Mark Storslee, executive director of Stanford Law School’s Constitutional Law Center since 2016, confirmed that after teaching at Pennsylvania State University School of Law for the next academic year, he will clerk for Gorsuch in the 2020-2021 term. He told NLJ, “I am very excited for this opportunity and I look forward to assisting the justice and the court in their important work.”
>> Stephanie Barclay, associate professor at Brigham Young University Law School, will clerk for Gorsuch in the 2021-2022 term. She joined the faculty after litigating First Amendment cases at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and working as an associate at Covington & Burling. “I am excited and humbled that Justice Gorsuch would give me this opportunity, and I am indebted to many mentors and colleagues who helped me along this path,” she said in a press announcement.
Do law professors make good law clerks? Pepperdine’s Muller backs that idea. “Law professors bring greater experience than those a year or two removed from law school, and they’re accustomed to deep research on high salience legal topics,” he said.
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