Clarence Thomas Hires Plenty Of Clerks From Fancy Schools While He Trashes Rankings

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Clarence Thomas made headlines this week when he trashed law school rankings and blogs that called his clerks “third-tier trash.“But plenty of his clerks went to fancy schools.

A Google search, which is by no means exhaustive, brings up the following former clerks:

  • Kirkland & Ellis lawyer Jennifer Hardy attended U.S. News & World Report’s number-one law school, Yale. She clerked for Thomas in 2004-2005.
  • University of California law professor John Yoo attended Yale law. The infamous author of the “torture memos” went on to clerk for Thomas.
  • McGuire Woods partner John Adams attended U.S. News’ number-seven law school, University of Virginia. He clerked for Thomas in 2006-2007.
  • Quinn Emanuel partner Sanford Weisburst attended University of Chicago’s law school, which is ranked number four in the nation. He clerked for Thomas in 1999-2000.
  • Hughes Hubbard’s John Wood attended the nation’s number-three law school, Harvard. He also went on to clerk for one of the nation’s most entertaining justices.

There are probably more top-tier law school graduates who clerked for Thomas. The point is, even man-of-the-people Thomas might be impressed by an Ivy League degree.

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