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Written by former law clerks, legal scholars, biographers, historians, and political scientists, the essays in "InChambers" tell the fascinating story of clerking at the SupremeCourt. In addition to reflecting the personal experiences of the law clerks withtheir justices, the essays reveal how clerks are chosen, what tasks are assigned tothem, and how the institution of clerking has evolved over time, from the firstclerks in the late 1800s to the clerks of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and ChiefJustice William Rehnquist.
"InChambers" offers a variety of perspectives on the unique experienceof Supreme Court clerks. Former law clerks -- including Alan M. Dershowitz, CharlesA. Reich, and J. Harvie Wilkinson III -- write about their own clerkships, paintingvivid and detailed pictures of their relationships with the justices, while otherauthors write about the various clerkships for a single justice, putting a justice'spractice into a broader context. The book also includes essays about the firstAfrican American and first woman to hold clerkships. Sharing their insights, anecdotes, and experiences in a clear, accessible style, the contributors providereaders with a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the SupremeCourt.
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