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Brett Kavanaugh brought an all-female team of clerks to the Supreme Court

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A champion for women.
  • Annalisa Merelli
By Annalisa Merelli

Senior reporter based in New York City

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Yesterday, Brett Kavanaugh started his new job as Supreme Court justice. Confirmed under the cloud of sexual assault allegations, the conservative judge’s appointment has been criticized as a blow to women, while some fear that he will roll back the right to abortion.

But the first day of Kavanaugh’s tenure also came with a step forward for women in the legal profession: All of his four clerks are women—a first in SCOTUS history. During his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh promised he would hire an all-female team of clerks, and he kept true to it.

His four hires are Shannon Grammel (Stanford Law 2017), Megan Lacy (University of Virginia Law 2010), Sara Nommensen (Harvard Law 2016) and Kim Jackson (Yale Law 2017).

Here is the full list of Supreme Court clerks for 2018, together with the judge who hired them and the law school of origin. Out of 38, 20 are now women—an unprecedented majority.

Sonya Sotomayor
Samiyyah Ali
Vanderbilt (2016)
Sonya Sotomayor
Michael Skocpol
Stanford (2016)
Sonya Sotomayor
Rachel Wilf-Townsend
Yale (2017)
Sonya Sotomayor
Michael Zuckerman
Harvard (2017)
Stephen Breyer
William Ernest Havemann
Stanford (2013)
Stephen Breyer
Jo-Ann Tamila Karhson
Harvard (2014)
Stephen Breyer
Janine Marie Lopez
Harvard (2014)
Stephen Breyer
Alec Warren Schierenbeck
Stanford (2015)
Elena Kagan
Robert B. Niles
Harvard (2016)
Elena Kagan
Ashley Robertson
Stanford (2016)
Elena Kagan
Zachary Brams Savage
NYU (2013)
Elena Kagan
Reema Shah
Yale (2016)
Brett Kavanaugh
Shannon Grammel
Stanford (2017)
Brett Kavanaugh
Kimberly J. Jackson
Yale (2017)
Brett Kavanaugh
Megan Marie Lacy
Virginia (2010)
Brett Kavanaugh
Sara Shaw Nommensen
Harvard (2016)
Clarence Thomas
Kathryn Anne Kimball
Florida (2012)
Clarence Thomas
Christopher Ernest Mills
Harvard (2012)
Clarence Thomas
Russell Balikian
Yale (2012)
Clarence Thomas
Madeline Lansky
Chicago (2016)
Ruth Bader-Ginsburg
Kathryn (“Katie”) Barber
Virginia (2015)
Ruth Bader-Ginsburg
Rachel Bayefsky
Yale (2015)
Ruth Bader-Ginsburg
Rebecca Lee
Yale (2016)
Ruth Bader-Ginsburg
Matthew Jacob Rubenstein
Yale (2014)
Samuel Alito
Jorge Benjamin Aguiñaga
LSU (2015)
Samuel Alito
David Casazza
Harvard (2015)
Samuel Alito
Whitney Downs Hermandorfer
GW (2015)
Samuel Alito
Sherif Girgis
Yale (2016)
Samuel Alito
Aimee W. Brown (hired by Anthony Kennedy)
Chicago (2014)
Neil Gorsuch
Tobi Merritt Edwards (Young)
Mississippi (2003)
Neil Gorsuch
Ethan Price Davis
Yale (2008)
Neil Gorsuch
Paul Alessio Mezzina
Harvard (2008)
Neil Gorsuch
Jeffrey T. Quilici
Texas (2012)
Neil Gorsuch
Alexander Kazam (hired Anthony Kennedy)
Yale (2017)
John Roberts
Evelyn Blacklock
Harvard (2016)
John Roberts
Cole Carter
Harvard (2016)
John Roberts
Julie Karaba (Siegal)
Northwestern (2014)
John Roberts
Michael Clemente
Yale (2016)

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