Clerks Might Not Get Coffee, But Can Sway Justices: Study

Law360, New York (January 9, 2017, 1:42 PM EST) -- Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court may seem like a group making decisions that can alter the legal and political landscape all on their own, but justices are often influenced in the way they vote on cases by their clerks, according to a recent study by several legal scholars.

In a Jan. 5 research paper discussing whether law clerks influence voting in the Supreme Court, five law professors from Stanford University, University of Chicago, Northwestern and Harvard said they found “a positive and statistically significant effect...
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