Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Publication Title

Marquette Law Review

Volume

98

Issue

1

Pages

75-109

Publisher Name

Marquette University Law School

Abstract

Do law clerks influence U.S. Supreme Court Justices’ decisions in the Court’s agenda-setting stage? For those Justices responding to their own law clerks’ cert recommendations, we expect a high degree of agreement between Justice and clerk. For non-employing Justices, however, we anticipate that the likelihood of agreement between clerk and Justice will vary greatly based on the interplay among the ideological compatibility between a Justice and the clerk, the underlying certworthiness of the petition for review, and the clerk’s final recommendation. Relying on a newly collected dataset of petitions making the Court’s discuss list over the 1986 through 1993 Terms, we find that Justices are more likely to follow a pool memo’s recommendation when it is consistent with the underlying cues present in the pool memo. In addition, our results indicate that Justices are significantly more likely to follow grant recommendations when the recommendation is provided by a clerk from an ideologically proximate chambers as opposed to one that is distant.

Identifier

0025-3987

Comments

Author Posting. © Marquette University Law School, 2014. This article is posted here by permission of Marquette University Law School for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Marquette Law Review, Vol. 98, Iss. 1 (2014) http://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/mulr/

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