Sorcerers' Apprentices : 100 Years of Law Clerks at the United States Supreme Court (Paperback)

Author: Ward, Artemus

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View the Table of Contents. Read the Introduction.Ward and Weiden have produced that rare book that is both a meticulous piece of scholarship and a good read. The authors have . . . sifted through a varied and voluminous amount of archival material, winnowing out the chaff and leaving the excellent wheat for our consumption. They marry this extensive archival research with original survey data, using both to great effect. --Law and Politics Book ReviewHelps illuminate the inner workings of an institution that is still largely shrouded in mystery. --The Wall Street Journal OnlineThe main quibble . . . with contemporary law clerks is that they wield too much influence over their justices'' opinion-writing. Artemus and Weiden broaden this concern to the clerks'' influence on the thinking of the justices about how to decide cases. --Slate.com"Provides excellent insight into the inner workings of the Supreme Court, how it selects cases for review, what pressures are brought to bear on the justices, and how the final opinions are produced. Recommended for all academic libraries." --Library Journal"Artemus Ward and David L. Weiden argue that the clerks have more power than they used to have, and probably more power than they should." --Washington Post"The book contains a wealth of historical information. . . . A reader can learn a lot from this pioneering study." --Cleveland Plain Dealer"Meticulous in scholarship. . . . Sorcerers'' Apprentices presents convincing statistical evidence that the aggregate time that law clerks spend on certiorari memos has fallen considerably because of the reduction in the number of memos written by each clerk." --Judge Richard A. Posner in The New Republic"Basedon judicial working papers and extensive interviews, the authors have compiled the most complete picture to date of the transformation of Supreme Court law clerks from stenographers to ghost-writers. This will instantly become an essential resource for students of the Court." --Dennis J. Hutchinson, editor of The Supreme Court ReviewA truly excellent study on an interesting and important question. As we know from the popularity of The Brethren and Closed Chambers, people love insider accounts of Supreme Court decision making, and this book provides that from a very unique point of view. --Howard Gillman, author of The Votes That Counted: How the Court Decided the 2000 Presidential ElectionAn urgently needed and highly readable study of the most powerful young lawyers in America: law clerks at the Supreme Court. Law clerks themselves tend to vastly overstate or underestimate their importance, but authors Artemus Ward and David Weiden have gotten it just right: law clerks wield significant and growing power at the nation''s highest court. This eye-opening book charts that growth and points to the potential for abuse. --Tony Mauro, Supreme Court Correspondent for American Lawyer MediaLaw clerks have been a permanent fixture in the halls of the United States Supreme Court from its founding, but the relationship between clerks and their justices has generally been cloaked in secrecy. While the role of the justice is both public and formal, particularly in terms of the decisions a justice makes and the power that he or she can wield in the American political system, the clerk has historically operated behind closed doors. Do clerks make actual decisions that they impart to justices, or arethey only research assistants that carry out the instructions of the decision makers-the justices?Based on Supreme Court archives, the personal papers of justices and other figures at the Supreme Court, and interviews and written surveys with 150 former clerks, Sorcerers'' Apprentices is a rare behind-the-scenes look at the life of a law clerk, and how it has evolved since its nineteenth-century beginnings. Artemus Ward and David L. Weiden reveal that throughout history, clerks have not only written briefs, but made significant decisions about cases that are often unsee

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Publisher New York Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780814794203
SKU 203959314
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0814794203
Release Date 4/10/2007

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