Professor Todd C. Peppers, Lecturer in Law, recently published his article, Justice Hugo Black and His Law Clerks: Match-Making and Match Point, 36 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 48 (2011), in the Journal of Supreme Court History.
During his study of Supreme Court law clerks over the past decade, Prof. Peppers has found that the most fascinating aspect of the clerkship institution lies in the personal bonds that form between the Justices and their clerks. To that end, he spent time reviewing the law-clerk files in the personal papers of Justice Hugo Black, as well as talking with his children and his former law clerks. The article discusses two main elements of the clerkship experience that may not have otherwise been fleshed out: the Justice’s role as an Alabama-born Pygmalion to a generation of young clerks and the important role that tennis played in the clerkship process.
You can find the article here.
Congratulations to Professor Peppers.