Supreme Court Clerks

Supreme Court Clerks for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Justice O'Connor hired four law clerks per year during her time as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Each clerk serves for one year and completes critical legal work, including researching the background behind cases, making recommendations and arguments on how they should be decided, and writing drafts of opinions. Click on any one of them below to see more information, including a list of opinions by Justice O'Connor during the term they worked at the Court.

Ruth V. McGregor1981Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court (2005-2009)
1981Dean, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Deborah A. Jones (Merritt)1981Distinguished University Professor, John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Brian Cartwright1981General Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (2006-2009)
Stewart J. Schwab1982Dean, Cornell Law School (2004-2014)
1982Of Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP (Los Angeles)
Jane F. Vehko (Fahey)1982Ordained Presbyterian minister in Atlanta
Gary L. Francione1982Professor, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
1983Assistant to the President of the United States; Chief of Staff for White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles; Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP
Richard G. Taranto1983Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2013-Present)
Peter W. Huber1983Author and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute; Former partner at D.C. litigation law firm Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel
Glen D. Nager1983Of Counsel, Jones Day
W. Scott Bales1984Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court (2014-2019)
Kent D. Syverud1984Chancellor and President, Syracuse University (2014-Present); Dean, Washington University School of Law (2005-2013); Dean, Vanderbilt University Law School (1997-2005)
Gail B. Agrawal1984Dean Emerita and F. Wendell Miller Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law
Barbara Bennett Woodhouse1984L.Q.C. Lamar Professor of Law and Director, Child Rights Project, Emory University
Stephen G. Gilles1985Professor of Law, Quinnipiac University
Julie R. O'Sullivan1985Professor, Georgetown University Law Center (1995-Present); Associate Counsel for the Whitewater investigation (1994)
John K. Setear1985Class of 1962 Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Christopher Cerf1985Commissioner of New Jersey Department of Education (2011-2014); Superintendent of Newark Public Schools (2015-2018); Deputy Chancellor of New York City Department of Education (2007-2009)
Susan A. Creighton1986Partner, Wilson Sonsini (Washington, DC)
1986Program Director, The Conference Board
Daniel J. Bussel1986Professor of Law, UCLA Law
Charles A. Blanchard1986General Counsel of the Air Force (2009-2013); General Counsel of the Army (1999-2001)
Susan A. Dunn1987General Counsel, WePay, A Chase Company
1987Global Chief Compliance Officer, Aon
Sharon L. Beckman1987Associate Clinical Professor and Faculty Director, Boston College Innocence Program
Nelson Lund1987Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
Jane E. Stromseth1988Francis Cabell Brown Professor in International Law, Georgetown University
1988Corporate Deputy General Counsel, Viacom, Inc.
Andrew G. McBride1988Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (1992-1999)
Adalberto J. Jordan1988Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2012-Present); Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (1999-2012); Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law and Florida International University College of Law
Sandra Segal Ikuta1989Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2006-Present)
Richard D. Klingler1989Partner, Sidley Law
Marci A. Hamilton1989CEO and Academic Director, CHILD USA; Fox Family Pavilion Distinguished Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania
Ivan K. Fong1989General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2009-2012); General Counsel, The 3M Company (2012-Present)
1990Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer and Assistant General Counsel, Laureate Education, Inc.
1990Partner, Gendler & Kelly (Beverly Hills)
Iman Anabtawi1990Professor of Law, UCLA Law
Denise Posse-Blanco Lindberg1990Judge, Utah's Third Judicial District (1998-2014)
Ashby D. Boyle II1990Senior Vice President, Concord Capital LLC
Stuart Banner1991Norman Abrams Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; Director, UCLA Supreme Court Clinic
Linda R. Helyar (Meyer)1991Professor of Law, Quinnipiac Law School
Crystal Nix(-Hines)1991United States Ambassador to UNESCO (2014-2017)
Caroline M. Brown1991Founder, Brown & Peisch PLLC; Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Austin C. Schlick1991Director of Communications Law, Google; General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Matthew D. Adler1992Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law and Professor of Economics, Philosophy and Public Policy, Duke University
Jeffrey A. Lamken1992Founder, MoloLamken LLP
1992Sole Practitioner at E. Vaughn Dunnigan, P.C.
Amy F. Kett1992Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells (Northern Virginia)
Mark A. Perry1993Partner and co-chair, Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Katherine L. Adams1993Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Apple, Inc. (2017-Present); General Counsel, Honeywell International Inc. (2003-2017)
James Forman Jr.1993Professor, Yale Law School; 2017 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction; Co-founder of the Maya Angelou School in Washington, DC
Eugene Volokh1993Professor, UCLA School of Law; Co-founder, "The Volokh Conspiracy" blog
Viet D. Dinh1994Assistant U.S. Attorney General (2001-2003); Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Stuart F. Delery1994Acting Associate Attorney General of the United States (2016); Litigation partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Elizabeth L. Earle (Beske)1994Professor of Legal Rhetoric, American University Washington College of Law
1994Senior Executive Vice President, Charter Communications
1994Partner, Katten Law
Simon A. Steel1995Attorney, Dentons Law; Special Counsel for Global Competition, Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
1995Attorney, BartlitBeck
Julia B. Shelton (Ambrose)1995Partner, Brooks Pierce (Raleigh, NC)
Gretchen C. Rubin1995New York Times bestselling author
William J. Nardini1996Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2019-Present)
Rebecca A. Beynon1996Partner, Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick
Patricia L. Small (Bellia)1996William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
Brian M. Hoffstadt1996Justice, California Court of Appeals, Division Two
Srikanth Srinivasan1997Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2013-Present); Principle Deputy Solicitor General of the United States (2011-2013)
Silvija A. Strikis1997Partner, Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick
1997Of Counsel, Paul Hastings (Washington, DC)
Lisa Kern Griffin1997Candace M. Carroll and Leonard B. Simon Professor of Law, Duke University
Traci L. Jones (Lovitt)1998Partner, Jones Day
1998Assistant United States Attorney and Appeals Chief, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut
Oona A. Hathaway1998Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School
Michael A. Scodro1998Partner, Mayer Brown
1999CIA intelligence officer; Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
Noah A. Levine1999Partner, Wilmer Hale (New York)
1999Owner, Law Office of Leslie A. Hakala
Bradley W. Joondeph1999Professor of Law, Santa Clara University
Tamarra D. Matthews(-Johnson)2000Partner, Wilkinson Walsh Law Firm
Stanley J. Panikowski2000Partner, DLA Piper (San Diego)
Richard A. Bierschbach2000Dean, Wayne State University Law School (2017-Present); Vice Dean, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University (2015-2016)
Jennifer M. Mason McAward2000Associate Professor of Law and Director, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre Dame Law School
Michelle T. Friedland2001Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2014-Present)
Jeremy J. Gaston2001Partner, Hawash Cicack & Gaston Law Firm
Carolyn Joanne Frantz2001Senior Counsel, Orrick
Anup Malani2001Lee and Brena Freeman Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Justin A. Nelson2002Partner, Susman Godfrey LLP (Houston)
Emily Johnson Henn2002Partner, Covington & Burling (Palo Alto, CA)
Cristina M. Rodriguez2002Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Allyson P. Newton (Ho)2002Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Sean C. Grimsley2003Partner, Bartlit Beck LLP (Denver); Deputy Chief Counsel, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, 2010-2011
Sambhav N. Sankar2003Senior Vice President of Programs, Earthjustice
RonNell A. Jones2003Lee E. Teitelbaum Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah (2017-Present); Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Research, Brigham Young University (2014-2016)
Janet R. Carter2003Counsel, Wilmer Hale
Theane D. Evangelis2004Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Tali F. Farhadian (Weinstein)2004General Counsel, Office of the Kings County District Attorney (Brooklyn)
2004Deputy Solicitor General, California Department of Justice
2004Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Exelon
Benjamin J. Horwich2005Counsel, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Amy N. Kapczynski2005Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale Law School
Alexander ("Sasha") Volokh2005Associate Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
Justin Driver2006Professor of Law, Yale Law School
2007Author of historical romance novels under the pen name Courtney Milan
Isaac J. Lidsky2008Author; CEO; Only blind person to have served as a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk
Joshua A. Deahl2009Associate Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Kristen E. Eichensehr2010Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA Law
2011Litigation Associate, Bancroft (Washington, DC)
Eric F. Citron2012Partner, Goldstein & Russell, P.C. (Bethesda, MD)
Julia A. Malkina2013Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (New York)
2014Senior adviser and counsel to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
2015Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

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