Paul L. Caron

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Jones Day Nabs NINE U.S. Supreme Court Law Clerks From October Term 2019-20 With $400,000 Bonuses

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Jones Day Adds Nine U.S. Supreme Court Clerks From October Term 2019:

The global law firm Jones Day has announced that nine former U.S. Supreme Court clerks from October Term 2019 have joined the Firm as associates in the Firm's Issues & Appeals Practice. Jones Day has recruited 64 U.S. Supreme Court clerks since October Term 2011.

"As we continue to be a leading destination for lawyers who want to work on important, cutting-edge legal issues from the earliest stages of litigation through appeal, we welcome this year's class of clerks, who join five different Jones Day offices," said Traci L. Lovitt, leader of Jones Day's Issues & Appeals Practice. "These talented lawyers have a terrific understanding of case law, and their analytical skills and deep insights into the latest legal developments will be of great value to clients."

The new arrivals, office locations, the Justices for whom they clerked, their law schools [Chicago (2), Duke, Harvard (3), Michigan, Notre Dame, Yale], and prior clerkships are as follows: ...

National Law Journal, Jones Day Recruits Another Big Batch of Supreme Court Law Clerks:

In some past years, Jones Day could boast that it recruited associates from the chambers of a spectrum of liberal and conservative justices alike. This class of nine Jones Day former clerks includes only two who worked for a liberal justice: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The rest clerked for Republican-appointed justices. ...

[W]as the narrow range of clerks the result of Jones Day’s reputation in some quarters as conservative-leaning? “I can’t speak to what motivated other people to make the decisions that they made,” [Traci Lovitt, leader of the firm’s issues and appeals practice]  said. “I just think that at some level, the proof is in the numbers. We have nine, including two from what some would consider the more liberal justices.” Lovitt called it a “great recruiting year.”

As for the demographics of the nine former clerks who are now working for the firm, Lovitt acknowledged none of them are Black or Hispanic, and three of the nine are women. ...

If the current hiring bonus for Supreme Court clerks remains at the $400,000 mark for most Supreme Court law firms, Jones Day has poured $3.6 million into the recruiting effort. Asked if that is the price the firm paid, Lovitt said, “We don’t give specific numbers on compensation. I can only say that we are competitive with the market.”

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