Thoughts on "liberal" writing sample for conservative judges

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Thoughts on "liberal" writing sample for conservative judges

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:58 pm

Thoughts? Stories? Relevant information?

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Re: Thoughts on "liberal" writing sample for conservative judges

Postby Haymarket » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:02 pm

How liberal are we talking here? Liberal like easier Rule 23 class certification or liberal like a substantive due process right to assisted suicide?

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Re: Thoughts on "liberal" writing sample for conservative judges

Postby GertrudePerkins » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:38 am

It must depend in part on the nature of the judge and his attitude toward hiring clerks of a different political persuasion. For example, Judge Kavanaugh, though a noted conservative, has in recent years hired a number of liberal clerks. On the other hand, one hears through the grapevine that Justice Alito hires almost exclusively people who are clear political conservatives. So a liberal writing sample, if it displays high quality thinking and writing, might not bother the former at all, but could knock you out of contention for the latter.

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Re: Thoughts on "liberal" writing sample for conservative judges

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:47 pm

Anyone know of a judge where this would actually be a plus?

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Re: Thoughts on "liberal" writing sample for conservative judges

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:56 pm

You know, overall, I think the quality of legal analysis is much more important than politics. I have been sort of impressed at how little politics generally has to do with clerking (which is good, because I am DEFINITELY a minority of one in my chambers, politicall). But I can't say for certain how this would play out in an overtly political application/writing sample (and I suspect it's more of an issue the higher up the food chain you get, as Gertrude Perkins's post sort of suggests. I think most district court judges just want not to be overturned, not to make some kind of political statement).

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Re: Thoughts on "liberal" writing sample for conservative judges

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:24 am

GertrudePerkins wrote:On the other hand, one hears through the grapevine that Justice Alito hires almost exclusively people who are clear political conservatives.


I have never heard this. Not saying I disagree, but I just haven't heard much about Justice Alito's clerks. Does anyone else have any information or thoughts on this?




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