Could The Dobbs Leak Change Supreme Court Clerkships?

By Cara Bayles (May 11, 2022, 4:52 PM EDT) -- Joseph Thai still remembers when, as he was beginning his clerkship for Justice John Paul Stevens 22 years ago, all the term's U.S. Supreme Court law clerks gathered in a conference room for a meeting with Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

"The chief passed out a confidentiality pledge and drilled it into us that confidentiality and trust are essential, and that we shall not betray the trust of the court," Thai, who is now a law professor at the University of Oklahoma, told Law360.

The clerks jokingly called it "the Lazarus pledge" — a reference to Edward Lazarus, a former clerk who'd...

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